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Palmer Vineyards 2014 sauvignon blanc. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

That Palmer Vineyards has been out of its 2013 sauvignon blanc for months, is a testament to this white wine’s growing popularity.

“This has definitely become Palmer Vineyards’ staple white wine,” Ken Cereola, Palmer director of operations, told us during a recent tasting room visit.

With notes of grapefruit and lemongrass and a crisp finish, it is perennially our favorite in Palmer’s portfolio of whites.

“This is a classic Long Island sauvingon blanc that doesn’t get nearly enough attention,” our columnist Lenn Thompson wrote of the 2013 vintage on his website last year.

Palmer bottled 1,800 cases of the 2014 vintage about three weeks ago and released it on Saturday.

“It’s a nice dry finish that makes you want to go back for more,” Cereola said. “It’s well-balanced with a beautiful natural acidity.”

A light to medium-bodied straw colored wine with a floral nose, it retails in the tasting room for $23.99.

Palmer has four acres of sauvignon blanc planted just 500 feet from a bluff facing the Sound and an additional four acres on a land-locked parcel on Cox Lane in Cutchogue. The breakdown of those grapes is, of course, not clear while drinking a glass, but the salt air certainly contributes to wine’s minerality.

You’ll find it on the menu at Cowfish in Hampton Bays and in the tasting room located at 5120 Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

Wine of the Week features Long Island wines that the northforker staff enjoys.

Ken Cereola opens a bottle of Palmer Vineyards 2014 sauvignon blanc.
Ken Cereola opens a bottle of Palmer Vineyards 2014 sauvignon blanc.


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