Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery Review

 
Castello di Borghese
Vineyard & Winery
www.castellodiborghese.com
17150 County Rte 48
Cutchogue, New York 11935
Phone: (631) 734-5111 Toll Free: (800) 734-5158
 

The proverbial roots at Castello di Borghese run deep. It was here that Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first vinifera grapes on New York’s Long Island in 1973. That day marked the beginning of a revolution that changed the course of agriculture on the North Fork of Long Island forever. Prince Marco and Princess Anne Marie Borghese assumed the reins at Long Island’s first vineyard and winery, formerly Hargrave’s Vineyard, in 1999.  Ann Marie and Marco too, have roots of their own dating back to ninth century Italy. Out of respect for tradition, they continue to nurture the vineyard’s heritage as well as its future with both energy and love of wine.

Don’t be surprised if the Borgheses take time to join, or even lead, the many wine tastings held in their newly renovated tasting room. They enjoy greeting visitors at their castello. “By being out front we can provide our customers with a better idea of what we’re trying to achieve in our wines,” says Ann Marie.

WHITES

  • 2009 Chardonnay
  • 2007 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
  • 2009 Riesling
  • 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Founder’s Field
  • Chardonette – House wine

REDS

  • 2007 Pinot Noir
  • 2006 Barrel Fermented Pinot Noir
  • 2006 Merlot
  • 2003 Merlot Reserve
  • 2007 Cabernet Franc
  • 2006 Cabernet France Reserve
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
  • 2006 Meritage (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc)
  • 2007 Merliance (a blend of 100% Merlot from each LIMA-member winery*)
  • Petit Chateau (Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc)

* Long Island Merlot Association (LIMA)

ROSÉ

  • 2008 FLEURETTE (Merlot)

DESSERT WINES

  • 2007 Allegra -Late Harvest Chardonnay

de gustibus non disputandum est

“I can still taste the Pinot Noir we had with dinner last night. It was heavenly,” sighed Mad Dog contentedly, the morning after having celebrated his 60th birthday. Now if that isn’t a testament to a wine’s length, tell me what is? We enjoyed a three-wine dinner that evening and our red-wine selection was a 2007 Pinot Noir from Castello di Borghese. Its rich flavor and bouquet wrapped around our palates like a cool, silky ribbon. Lightly perfumed, reminiscent of raspberries with a touch of pepper, it was truly in the Burgundian tradition. Ü

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