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Shinn Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork First Fruit 2007

External Review by Appellation America:

Sauvignon Blanc has been rescuing me from a lake of local Chardonnay lately. It's the second most planted variety on Long Island — Merlot being first — and, by far the most planted white variety, so it only makes sense that there's a lot of it made, but it seems like too many winemakers over-oak these wines to the point of beating any Long Island terroir out of them completely. That is why I'm still so excited about the local Sauvignon Blanc that some wineries have put out in recent years, including Shinn Estate Vineyard's First Fruit, which is 96% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Semillon, their nod to the white wines of Bordeaux. The nose is expressive with fresh pear, lemon, grapefruit and herbal-grassy notes that lurk in the background. The palate offers similar flavors - with the addition of a squirt of lime and a sprinkling of sea salt minerality. Medium bodied and impeccably balanced with snappy acidity, this is a wine born beside the sea and one that goes with anything from the sea. This is a wine that you’d expect from a winery owned by a chef and a restaurateur.

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Shinn Estate Vineyards:
At Shinn Estate Vineyards, growing a great wine is accomplished through gathering many diverse elements and combining them in harmony - Our vineyard practices are based on an ever-increasing diversity of plant material and beneficial insects. Our cover crop between vine rows contains as many as 25 species, while the vine plantings consist of numerous selections within each variety. We harvest a... Read more
At Shinn Estate Vineyards, growing a great wine is accomplished through gathering many diverse elements and combining them in harmony - Our vineyard practices are based on an ever-increasing diversity of plant material and beneficial insects. Our cover crop between vine rows contains as many as 25 species, while the vine plantings consist of numerous selections within each variety. We harvest and ferment our selections separately, blending them into a finished wine only after many blending trials. In the cellar, we use several French coopers for the barrels, and oak from several forests, all of which impart their individual aging characteristics to the Wine - From the vineyard floor to the bottle, our wines are the result of the diverse ecosystem we have created on the estate, coupled with meticulous winemaking and gentle aging in the cellar. Read less

External Reviews for Shinn Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork First Fruit

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Sauvignon Blanc has been rescuing me from a lake of local Chardonnay lately. It's the second most planted variety on Long Island — Merlot being first — and, by far the most planted white variety, so it only makes sense that there's a lot of it made, but it seems like too many winemakers over-oak these wines to the point of beating any Long Island terroir out of them completely. That is why I'm still so excited about the local Sauvignon Blanc that some wineries have put out in recent years, including Shinn Estate Vineyard's First Fruit, which is 96% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Semillon, their nod to the white wines of Bordeaux. The nose is expressive with fresh pear, lemon, grapefruit and herbal-grassy notes that lurk in the background. The palate offers similar flavors - with the addition of a squirt of lime and a sprinkling of sea salt minerality. Medium bodied and impeccably balanced with snappy acidity, this is a wine born beside the sea and one that goes with anything from the sea. This is a wine that you’d expect from a winery owned by a chef and a restaurateur.




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