Wineries on Long Island’s East End have completed the 2012 harvest, and their wines are now safe in tanks and barrels, with the initial post-harvest phases of winemaking complete. Merliance, formerly the Long Island Merlot Alliance, has compiled an overview of the harvest for merlot and other Bordeaux varietals commonly used in the red blends produced on the East End, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. The data was sourced from Merliance members, and validated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Viticulture Program. Based on the quality of the fruit at harvest and early tank and barrel samples, Merliance says the 2012 vintage promises rich, complex and powerful varietal merlot wines and beautiful, landmark merlot-based blends.
“2012 is one of the great vintages for Wölffer Estate and Long Island in general,” said Roman Roth, executive vice president of Merliance, and winemaker and technical director for Wölffer. “After a growing season with abundant sunshine and heat, the fruit ripening was on average 2.5 weeks ahead of normal. This translated into wonderful concentrated, dark, rich red wines — especially Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which are showing fantastic results.”