Floral Terranes Merlot North Fork 2020

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North Fork, Long Island- Merlot

Long Island natives Erik Longabardi and Benford Lepley set up shop in the garage of Erik's childhood home in Roslyn, NY with the goal of creating beverages that express the native terroirs of their ingredients. They released their first vintage in 2017, and since then they've introduced several thoughtful wines and ciders from various like-minded organic growers from Long Island and Upstate New York. This project is, first and foremost, a labor of love and and an exploratory project, and we are really enjoying being along for the ride. They're pressing apples with a simple basket press and foot stomping their grapes. They bottle by hand and everything is made without filtration or enough sulfur to mention. Every bottling is a pure expression of its' origin. It's a joy to be able to drink and share these bottles!

The fruit for Floral Terranes' 2020 Merlot is sourced from a tiny secret vineyard in Orient, on the far reaches of Long Island's North Fork. It's spontaneously fermented whole-cluster in open containers, then racked in neutral oak, and bottled young. But this Merlot is no shrinking violet- the tannins are present and in charge, and there's a darkness to the fruit and sort of a savory thing going on you might expect more from Bordeaux? I think this wine will age nicely, or in the meantime, pair well with sausages or game.

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