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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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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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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