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A bottle of Grapes of Roth 2010 merlot. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
A bottle of Grapes of Roth 2010 merlot. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Wine Spectator recently reviewed 10 diverse Long Island wines with one local bottle, Grapes of Roth’s 2010 merlot, scoring 92 points.

That “elegant” red, writes Wine Spectator editor Thomas Matthews, has “a polished texture [that] carries balanced flavors of tart cherry, pomegranate, toasted hazelnut and espresso in this expressive red. [It] features firm, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity.”

In addition to Grapes of Roth, the list includes selections from Osprey’s Dominion, Lieb Cellars and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Roman Roth is winemaker for both Grapes of Roth and Wölffer.

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Osprey’s Dominion’s standout reds included its cabernet sauvignon and Meritage Flight North Fork.

“Osprey’s Dominion, based on vineyards first planted in 1983, has become an important player on the North Fork,” Matthews said. “Winemaker Adam Suprenant has been there since 2001. His reds here, from the excellent 2010 vintage, testify to the wines’ ability to age well.”

Matthews also praises Lieb Cellars’ offerings, including its pinot blanc, which was recently named to WSJ Wine’s “Annual Dozen” list.

“Lieb Cellars, founded in 1992, also benefits from an experienced winemaker, Australian Russell Hearn. The winery has an especially strong track record with whites,” he said.

The full article is here, though you must be a Wine Spectator subscriber to read it.

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