2011 Sauvignon Blanc
2010 was a stellar season for the North Fork, and is already established as possibly the greatest wine vintage in Long Island’s history. The growing season was marked by an early bud break, lower than average precipitation and many hot, sunny, beautiful days. With the incredible weather, we allowed the vines to carry a higher than usual crop load in order to slow ripening and gain more “hang time.” This allowed the grapes to develop intense, complex flavors. In the cellar, we encouraged each variety and vineyard block to express its own unique characteristics and terroir, and the result is a vintage of exceptional wines. The whites show bright, subtle acidity and a lively interplay of intense fruit and floral aromatics, and the reds are rich, balanced and complex, with optimum aging potential.
Our Sauvignon Blanc is made from hand-harvested grapes from a single 4-acre vineyard block planted on our estate in 2004. The soil is a deep silt-loam, which sustains a meadow of wild clover between the rows of vines. The grapes are hand-sorted and gently pressed in a wooden basket press, and cool-fermented in stainless steel to retain the natural essences of the fresh fruit. Elegant and delicious, this wine offers thirst-quenching flavors of key lime, pineapple and minerals. A perfect complement to seafood, poultry, fresh cheeses and vegetarian cuisine.