2017 Saltbird Cellars Harbinger Red Wine
Cherry cordial and smoked cherry wood on the nose with flavors of black raspberry, cassis, and cocoa nibs. Long tannins are folded in with a splash of bright acidity that makes for a lush and fresh wine. One of the most exciting aspects of being part of the Long Island wine industry is the co-evolution of wine and food that is happening now. Long Island has long been known internationally for Long Island Duck. When paired with Long Island Merlot the result is a perfectly balanced mingling of rustic earthy proteins and rich luscious dark fruits.
The grapes are left to hang on the vine until the last possible ray of sunshine is absorbed. A meticulous clean pick and a long cold soak prior to fermentation result in dark black juice before indigenous yeast kick off the initial fermentation. Post-alcoholic fermentation malo-lactic fermentation takes place naturally in the barrel and the wine is then left on lees for months before the initial racking. Robin's coined phrase for this wine is “just leave it be.”
76% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot
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