8 Long Island Merlots to Drink This Fall

Our favorite Long Island-made Merlots will change your opinion of the grape—and the region.

Shinn Estate Vineyards
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Shinn Estate Merlot 2010

It’s rare to find such an abundance of flavors in Long Island Merlot, but the 2010 Shinn Estate delivers exactly that. The first sniff presents a Rhone-like character, followed by a hint of bacon fat, bright red fruits and medium-weight tannins on the tongue. It's fun to taste the crescendo of ripe fruit leading up to an explosion of flavors on the palate.