Playing it safe is easy, but it’s rarely any fun. Two North Fork winemakers have discovered that when it comes to vino, going off the beaten path can be a risk worth taking.
A white pinot noir? Huh? As the name suggests, pinot noir grapes are black and, though difficult to grow, produce some of the finest red wine in the world. How does one go about making a white pinot noir?
Decimated by a plant-eating insect in its native France in the late 1800s, carménère quickly disappeared from collective memory. Nearly a century later, though, the dark red grape was discovered to be growing in Chile, planted by French winemaker emigrants. Today, one vineyard on the North Fork is producing the full-bodied, punchy grape—and they’re doing so with delicious results.
2010 was a good year for North Fork wine, and it was arguably an even better one for Osprey’s Dominion. That was the year the Peconic vineyard and winery released 124 cases of its 2007 carménère, five years after importing three-and-a-half acres of the rare vines from Chile. (Click here to read the full article.)