Producer: T’Jara Vineyards
Region: North Fork of Long Island AVA
Blend: 75% merlot, 17% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc
ABV: 13.2%
Price: $25*

* Review sample provided by the winery

T'Jara Vineyards 2017 Merlot

90 points

Classic Long Island merlot fruit aromas of plum and black cherry are joined by here by hints of leaf tobacco, dried mint and thyme, and just a little blueberry skin.

Medium-bodied, the palate shows ripe black and blue fruit, with nice mid-palate weight. The tannins bring a nice bit of structure without being angular or coarse. Given that it retails for $25, there is a surprising bit of complexity here in the form of earthy black tea and dried herbs.

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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