The Cork Club: August 2019 Selections – A Fresh Duo from the North Fork of Long Island

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The Cork Club: August 2019

McCall Wines 2018 Pinot Noir Rose and 2018 Cuvee Nicola Sauvignon Blanc

Summer is winding down, but it’s far from time to put away the crisp, refreshing wines for those hot summer days and fresh summer foods.

This month’s wines come from a North Fork winery that has built its reputation primarily on the back of its Pinot Noir – and rightfully so. McCall Wines Pinot Noir consistently flies in the face of the idea that Pinot Noir isn’t well suited to Long Island’s climate and soils.

Maybe we’ll get into that Pinot – red wine – in a future club shipment.

This month, we have two 2018s from McCall that are perfectly suited to the season, though either would be at home on a Thanksgiving dinner table too.

McCall Wines 2018 Pinot Noir Rose wasn’t released in the winery’s Cutchogue tasting room all that long ago and rose shows ripe strawberry and cherry fruit qualities with notes of white flowers and the faintest earthy edge—all with wonderful balancing acidity and an elegant dry finish.

This months’ second wine, McCall Wines 2018 “Cuvee Nicola” Sauvignon Blanc has pushed its way to the front of the Long Island Sauvignon Blanc pack over past few vintages. Cuvee Nicola, named for owner Russ McCall’s wife, starts with nice Musk melon notes before moving into lemon-lime citrus and some lemony herbs like lemon verbena – all with great acidity. 

As always, I hope you enjoy the wines. Let me know what you think!

I have some pretty interesting wines coming your way as we get into fall – wines I tasted when I was up in the Finger Lakes to judge the 2019 NY Wine Classic and wines from a new-to-the-club state that we’re working to get into New York.

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