We all knew that sooner or later the winter of 2014 – 15 had to end. But who knew it would dissolve in a mid-March deluge – even if it did make a cameo return a week later to greet the first day of spring!
Still, a rainy day in March is better than a snowy day in March – especially when it coincides with a futures preview given by Regan Meador at Southold Farm + Cellar. Although still relatively new (Southold’s tasting room is about to launch its second season) Regan has shown a flair for creative winemaking destined to blossom and grow as we hope the spring flowers soon will.
On this day Regan featured six wines – Chardonnay Pet Nat (or Pétillant Naturel, a method of producing sparkling wine with little or no additives), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carbonic Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Franc, and The Farm Red Blend – to showcase season 2 at Southold Farm. The assembled group that participated enthusiastically tasted, discussed, and had themselves treated to a special group of wines.
As he did last year, Regan innovatively named the wines. The sparkling, tagged “Weather to Fly,” came from fruit out of the Gristina vineyard, and was based on Gristina Chardonnay. “Minor Threat,” the Carbonic Cabernet Franc, was described as “living in the space between rose and red wine,” and Regan added that this wine is ”very difficult to make”. (Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique in which grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide prior to crushing.) A taste will tell you that this small production run will be a sure, rapid sell-out. The farm Red (name not announced), a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, isn’t being released until the fall, but the preview provided quite a capper for the group.
All of the wines showed their thoroughbred pedigree, and all will be popular choices for as long as they are available. New to the game (comparatively speaking) perhaps, but destined for the long-term, definitely. And just for a moment on a late-winter rain-soaked March day all was sunny as the long-awaited, soon-to-be-here spring.