Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-7361 Open Daily 11am-5pm
Manhattan based banker Paul Lowerre and his wife Ursula purchased Peconic Bay Winery in 1999 from the late Ray Blum who founded and planted the vineyard in 1979.
“Winemaking is like sailboat racing in that every little thing you do might be worth one tenth of one percent. It’s those minute decisions that make a winner,” says the vineyard’s winemaker Greg Gove.
Peconic Bay wines are among the most natural and traditionally made wines to be found on the North Fork of Long Island.
- Nautique Esprit de Blanc 2008 (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling)
- Riesling 2009
- Steel Fermented Chardonnay 2009
- La Barrique Chardonnay 2007
- Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
- Nautique Esprit de Rosé 2008 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Merlot)
- Lowerre Family Estate 2007 (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
- Nautique Esprit de Rouge 2007 (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
- Merlot Reserve 2007
de gustibus non disputandum est
Their Riesling 2009 is reminiscent of a German Mosel but with personality or as they say along the Mosel River mit Temperament. Even before the wine touched my lips there was a hint of tart pineapple with a discrete dusting of powdered sugar. As I savored my first mouthful, there was a nectar-like fullness, a tantalizing acidity and a kiss of sweetness – not sloppy, not gooey but fresh and clean.
I haven’t tried all of the offerings from Peconic Bay but I have liked everything that I have purchased over the years. I’d say that’s quite a track record. The Esprit de Blanc sure is an unusual combination – What does that taste like?
As a matter of fact I too found the combination quite intriguing. I’ll be soon sampling not only the Blanc but the entire Nautique Esprit offering. Ü