Producer: Hound’s Tree Wines
AVA: North Fork of Long island AVA (New York)
Grapes: 62% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 4% petit verdot and 3% malbec
ABV: 13.6%
Price: $40

Hound’s Tree Wines 2015 Cornus

Hound's Tree Wines 2015 Cornus

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Owner/winemaker Alex Rosanelli treats this Bordeaux-style blend differently than his other reds, with 50% new French oak (verus his usual 20ish%) and extended time in those barrels – but the results are no-less delicious.

Upon opening, that new oak is a bit forward, showing as distinct notes of campfire and vanilla at the edges with a core of ripe, concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit and hints of dried flowers and herbs.

That smoky nature carries over to the rounded, mouth-filling palate that shows all of that same ripe fruit with fine-grained tannins providing structure. It was good the first day open, but it got better over the course of three days. The fruit stepped forward and broadened on the palate and the overtly smoky oak notes took two or three steps back.

With its beautiful balance between primary fruit and savory secondary and tertiary flavors, this is a fine example of a Long Island Bordeaux-style blend. It should continue to develop in bottle for many years to come.

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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