Vintage 2013 on Long Island Is One for the Ages

macari early wine bottle

The growing season seemed unremarkable. Kinda cold and rainy in the spring, not too bad, but not great. But the heat accumulated throughout the season culminating in one of the driest falls on record. This translated to incredibly ripe fruit and none of the fall threats of hurricanes and humidity. For most vineyards the yield was high, and the extended fall gave vineyard managers more choices about when to pick: no rushing to get fruit in before it rained. I covered the harvest in the Winter 2014 issue of Edible East End and the Long Island Wine Council and Merliance released vintage reports. Make some room in your cellar and stock up. If you want to get started, Macari has already released their 2013 Early Wine and Paumanok’s 2013 Chenin Blanc is for sale in their tasting room.