One of my favorite Long Island wineries took top honors at the New York Wine & Food Classic back in August of this year. Earning the title of Winery of the Year, Macari Vineyards was recognized for the spectacular showing of its wines with nine of its wines achieving at least one medal. [A list of these wines and their respective awards is included below.]
I was delighted to receive this great news since I have been a big fan of Macari from my earliest exposure to the North Fork of Long Island wine region. This initial infatuation was further cemented when my husband and I ended up purchasing a house literally next door to Macari’s Sound Avenue location in Mattituck, NY and we quickly learned just how kind and generous the Macari family could be.
From our first days in the property, I affectionately noted that our house was “stagger-distance” from the winery – a situation that never got old, no matter how many guests we brought over for tastings and sales. But, our acquaintance with the Macari family became much more enmeshed than just that of producer and purchaser.
While some people borrow a cup of sugar from their next door neighbor, we soon found ourselves with the great fortune to tap into their viticultural and technical expertise. During the 2007 vintage, we brought over a small sample of our homemade wine for a full analysis of its acidity, sugar and other parameters.
But, the Macari family is also a good steward of the entire neighborhood, following biodynamic principles, composting grape skins and generally taking great care of their 500+ acres.
Moreover, as they say, the proof is in the pudding or in this case the proof is in the wines, which are beautifully made and (admittedly less technical) delicious!
As a devoted Franc-o-phile – as in Cabernet Franc – I have always held Macari’s Cabernet Franc and its Sette (a 50-50 Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend) as excellent examples of this variety as a whole and, more specifically, its regional expression.
During my recent tasting of the 2008 Cabernet Franc ($35.00), I found it to be intense and rich, with sufficient fruit, acidity and tannins to continue to develop with time. Also available is their Cabernet Franc from the highly vaunted 2010 vintage ($35.00) which won “Best Red Wine” at the Classic, but I am still hoarding it in my cellar.
Adding to the winery’s recent recognition, a little birdie told me that their Dos Aguas wine has been highly praised by actress Drew Barrymore.
The winery was established by Joseph Macari, Sr. and his wife, Katherine in 1995, with their son Joseph, Jr. and daughter-in-law Alexandra presently at the helm. Their four children represent the third generation of the family to be involved in the business.
MACARI VINEYARDS’ 2014 NY WINE & FOOD CLASSIC RESULTS
- Cabernet Franc 2010 – Gold Medal, Best Red Wine, Best Cabernet Franc
- Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Gold Medal
- Chardonnay Estate 2012 – Double Gold Medal
- Rosé 2013 – Silver Medal
- Chardonnay Reserve 2012 – Silver Medal
- Dos Aguas 2008 – Gold Medal
- Bergen Road 2010 – Silver Medal
- Merlot Reserve 2007 – Silver Medal
- Block E Viognier 2010 – Silver Medal