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Long Island Wines Shine (WP 12/17/16)

Wolffer Estate Vineyard finished 2016 on a high note with some great accolades from Wine Enthuiast and Wine Advocate magazines. Their Descencia Botrytis-Riesling Chardonnay 2015, with a score of 94, was one of Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Wines of 2016". That same luscious wine, based on berries harvested at an incredible 73.8 Brix, also received a 93 from Wine Advocate.

In addition, two of Wolffer's 2013 White Horse reds were named by Wine Advocate's Mark Squires among the "Best of 2016", both with scores of 93: Fatalis Fatum Red Blend, and Caya Cabernet Franc.

Located on the south fork of Long Island known as The Hamptons, Wolffer Estate has long been a top producer in that region, New York State, and beyond. The keys to success are a dedicated vineyard crew and superbly talented winemaker (and ultimate nice guy), Roman Roth.

Meanwhile, from Long Island's North Fork, Paumanok received a batch of great scores from Wine Enthusiast, with 94 for 2010 Merlot, Tuthill's Lane Vineyard; 93 each for 2013 Petit Verdot Limited Edition Apollo Drive Vineyard, 2013 Grand Vintage Merlot, 2014 Assemblage, and 2013 Assemblage; 91 for 2013 Merlot; and 90 for 2014 Cabernet Franc.

Other Long Island winners in Wine Enthusiast include Anthony Nappa 2013 Enzo Riesling (90); Harbes Family Vineyards 2014 Priorietor's Reserve Hallock Lane Merlot (93), 2014 Merlot (90), 2013 Proprietor's Reserve (90), and 2014 Proprietor's Reserve Barrel Fermented Merlot (90); Kontokosta 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (90); Macari 2014 Syrah (90); Martha Clara 2014 Northville (90); One Woman Wines 2012 Estate Reserve Merlot; and The Grapes of Roth 2012 Merlot.

Some nice scores also went to a few Finger Lakes wines: Boundary Breaks 2014 No. 239 Single Vineyard Riesling (92 points, and #65 in top 100 wines of 2016); Fox Run 2012 Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionelle Chardonnay (90); N. Kendall 2013 Dry Riesling (92), 2013 Riesling (91), and 2013 Pinot noir (91).

Elsewhere, Black Willow Winery Odons Nectar earned a 92 at the World Mead Challenge