Top 10 North Fork Wines

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2007 Paumanok Merlot ($24)
On the nose this wine was darker than the 2005, with ripe crushed strawberry and hints of mocha. On the palate, it was balanced and plush, with dark red fruits and an elegant structure. The finish was long with red fruits. 92pts

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2007 Shinn Estate Vineyards Merlot Nine Barrels Reserve ($43)

The nose showed ripe red fruits, currant, spice and roasted nuts. It was full-bodied and pleasing, yet structured on the palate with blackberry, citrus, cinnamon and herbs. The finish was long with fading black fruits.

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2008 Channing Daughters Meditazione ($40)

(A blend of 27% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Chardonnay, 16% Tocai Friulano, 16% Muscat Ottonel and 14% Pinot Grigio)

The 2008 Meditazione was worth the price of admission on the nose alone. Dried fruits, baked apples, something floral and slate dust filled out its beautiful bouquet. On the palate, it was feminine and light with green tea, apricot and flowers. The finish was long and carried the wine’s aromas and flavors to the close. This is a must-try wine from the North Fork, especially if you’re looking for something new and beautifully unique. 92 pts

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2005 Sherwood House Sherwood Manor ($55)

On the nose, I found red berries, herbs, spice and cedar. It was finely balanced on the palate, with flavors of strawberry and slight peppery notes. This wine showed beautiful structure leading to silky tannins on the finish but with enough fruit to keep it pleasant, focused and fresh. 92pts

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2010 Paumanok Chenin Blanc ($25)

The nose showed field grasses, spring florals, lemon, stone and hints of richness. On the palate, I found green apple and a sweet & sour pull of citrus and minerals. It seemed to have the slightest amount of residual sugar, which was perfectly balanced by vibrant acidity. On the long, mouth-filling finish, I found tart pineapple with lemon and lime notes. 92 pts

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2005 Macari Merlot Reserve ($36)

On the nose, I found black cherry, sweet herbal tea, undergrowth and lots of earth. On the palate, this showed a broad full body with masses of ripe berries and spice. The finish was long and fruity. This wine really stood out from the lineup and is further proof that holding North Fork Merlot for later release turns out truly stunning results. 92pts

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  • Thanks for all of this wonderful information! I've been meaning to visit the North Fork for a weekend getaway this Summer. Now I don't have to do any research as to where to visit!

    Jun 06, 2011 at 9:58 PM

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