At the end of June I took another drive out East to the wineries on the North Fork. Seems like this is the only game in town for social drinking. Sampled a diverse range of varietals this time around. Still not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Lieb Cellars 13050 Oregon Rd, Cutchogue
Off the main road, Lieb Cellars is run “by a close knit group of young passionate individuals”.
2018 Sauvignon Blanc: Light yellow with a greenish tint, closed nose of green apples, clean and crisp with green apple notes.
Bedell Cellars 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue
The Bedell’s planted their first grapevines here in 1980
2019 Pinot Gris: This is the first vintage of this varietal produced at the winery. Clear light yellow with greenish tints, kiwi, tangerine on the nose, juice lemon/line notes on the fruit with crisp acidity.
Croteaux Vineyards 1450 S Harbor Road, Southold
This winery off the main road produces exclusively estate grown Rosé against the backdrop of two historic farms.
2019 Rosé Merlot “181”: Stainless steel fermented, light copper in color, cantaloupe on the nose, minerally fruit with nice acidity.
Pulgliese Vineyards 34515 Main Rd, Cutchogue
Established in 1980 and is family owned and operated, they make down to earth wines. The only winery that I know of on the North Fork that bottles a Sangiovese.
2015 Sangiovese: Clear light red in color, red cherry and green herbs on the nose, red cherry with a touch of leather on the fruit with good acidity.