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