Finally, in mid June the government eased up on the restrictions placed on business and permitted the North Fork wineries to serve wines to the public in an outdoor setting. It’s a start. I took a drive out East to sit down among the vineyards to drink the first glass of wine I’ve had in public in several weeks.
Lenz Winery 38355 Rte 25, Peconic
One of the founding wineries on the North Fork, they pour a dependable glass of wine.
2014 Sauvignon Blanc: They tell me this is the first vintage of this varietal for this long time winery.
Straw yellow in color, white flowers on the nose, crisp with subtle grassy and honeydew notes on the fruit. Nicely balanced, great first time effort.
McCall Wines 22600 Main Road, Cutchogue
A working cattle ranch as well as a winery, there’s always a family member in the tasting room.
2019 “Nicola” Sauvignon Blanc: Nicola is the name of the daughter of the owners who served me the wine this day.
Light yellow in color, kiwi and honeydew melon on the nose, full fruit with lime notes on the fruit with moderate to low acids.
2014 Pinot Noir “Estate” One of three Pinot Noir they were pouring on this day. Opaque dark brick in color, tarry, red cherry and smoky pepper on the nose with red licorice, new leather and earth on the fruit with good acid on the finish. Nice balance.