2005 VINTAGE NOTES
A slightly cool early spring gave way to excellent growing conditions from late May through September with plenty of heat and sun, and timely rainstorms. We reached October thinking 2005 would be the greatest vintage in Long Island history.... The chardonnay was harvested, tasting sweet and luscious. We looked forward to the perfectly ripening merlot and cabernet franc. And then came 10 straight days of heavy rain. The nearly ripe red grapes, with their delicate mature skins, eventually started developing sour rot. As soon as the weather cleared we rushed in to harvest what we could. While we lost a sizable amount of fruit, we were able to bring in grapes of surprisingly good flavor. With careful winemaking attention and techniques, we feel confident that the promise of the nearly perfect 2005 vintage was captured in these wines.