Anthony Nappa Wines 2014 "Ripasso" Merlot

90 points

This 100% merlot stands out as unique and spicy from six months spent on spent petit verdot and malbec pomace -- but without a splinter of oak. Black olives and black pepper qualities are layered with black and blue fruit. Well structured and leaning a bit rustic the finish is earthy and tobacco-tinged. Fatty grilled beef demands a wine like this. Abide. A good value at $25 too.

Producer: Anthony Nappa Wines
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Vineyard: Shinn Estate Vineyard
Production: 370 cases
Price: $25

* Review sample provided by Anthony Nappa Wines

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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