Simply Merlot Paradise
Long Island probably doesn't come to mind as a vital wine region but our Best-of-Appellation tasting proved to be a wake up call to Long Island Merlot. Really.
by Clark Smith
June 30, 2009
ith his unlikely Australian accent and professional demeanor, Russell Hearn is Long Island’s acknowledged Merlot sage. When he agreed to serve as Regional Advocate in our deliberations and flew out to Napa to instruct our panel, we frankly weren’t expecting to be blown away. Hey, it’s Merlot. How good can it be? I say this not as a Sideways-spawned trend follower, but simply from thirty-five years of tasting the world’s most consistent-yet-often-boring grape, a reliable choice which seldom ascends to stardom. Know what I’m sayin’?