I had found North Fork Project Merlot 2010 delightful so I was enthusiastic to give a pour to the 2011. The North Fork Project is a collaboration between Pellegrini Vineyards in Long Island NY and importer/distributer Martin Scott Wines. Their goal is to introduce their estate grown, sustainably produced, food-friendly wines to a wider audience. Pellegrini Vineyards are located in Cutchogue NY, which has a parallel climate and rainfall to that of Bordeaux. With a motto of “think global, drink local”, they strive to bring high quality, great tasting sustainably produced wines to the table.
Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, green olive and hints of white pepper. Tasting quite comparable to the 2011 with black cherry, earth and traces of oak in the medium body, along with black peppercorn, dried herbs and bitter dark chocolate on the lengthy finish. Very accessible with jammy fruit and soft tannins, this is a sharing-friendly and budget friendly bottle for the table.
85 Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Produced and Bottled by Tgidget Wines, Cutchogue
$12 [1 litre]