Press Release: The Long Island Merlot Alliance Releases Its 2007 Merliance
CUTCHOGUE, NY — June 23, 2010 — The Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) is proud to announce the release of its 2007 Merliance, available in all Alliance members’ tasting rooms starting this weekend (June 25-27). LIMA also declares 2007 the “vintage of the decade” for Long Island merlot. This year’s release of Merliance bears a new label, shown in the attached tasting notes, in honor of this landmark vintage.
“The 2007 vintage was one of the finest ever experienced on the East End of Long Island,” says veteran Long Island vintner Gilles Martin, winemaker for Sherwood House Vineyards and for McCall Vineyards, which joined the Alliance in 2009. “Warm temperatures, plenty of sun, relatively little rainfall and low humidity made for nearly perfect conditions throughout the growing season. We believe 2007 will be recognized as the vintage of the decade—if not the century—for powerful Long Island merlot, as the Merlot Alliance’s cooperative regional blend, Merliance, shows.”
The 2007 Merliance draws strength, not only from the stellar vintage, but also from the addition of three new members to the Alliance and its blend. In addition to McCall, Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery and Clovis Point joined LIMA in 2009, and each added its wines to this fourth release.
John Leo, winemaker for Clovis Point, notes, “It’s very satisfying to see how well the ’07 Merliance has harmonized. Considering the range of merlot clones, vineyard sites, winemaking styles and more, we were hoping to compose a merlot of depth and complexity. I do believe we’ve succeeded. The 2007 Merliance is a shining example of what fine merlot can be created on Long Island. We’re proud that Clovis Point is a part of it.”
Merliance was created to illustrate—and support—LIMA’s mission. It is a blend of 100% merlot from each LIMA-member winery, whose wines hail from The Hamptons and The North Fork of Long Island American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Each member contributes two barrels of finished merlot wine from some of its best lots of the vintage. Gathering together, LIMA winemakers conduct a blind tasting of members’ barrel and tank samples, choosing the wines that create a merlot that best represents the East End of Long Island’s unique terroir. The final blend is barrel-aged for one year before it is bottled and released.
Merliance sells for $35, with a substantial portion of the proceeds funding research into the production of quality Long Island merlot, both in the vineyard and in the winery. Merliance may be purchased at the tasting rooms and on the websites of member wineries.
About the Long Island Merlot Alliance
Founded in 2005, the Long Island Merlot Alliance (LIMA) joins premium wine estates committed to developing quality standards in the production of classically styled merlot. We seek recognition for merlot as the premier grape of Long Island, whether as a single varietal or in blends, and for Long Island as the leading appellation for merlot in the New World. We believe that, in the tradition of other great wine regions, emphasizing our excellence in one varietal does not diminish other wines from Long Island, but will help to gain attention for all varietals grown here. To learn more about the Long Island Merlot Alliance and about Merliance, our cooperative blend of 100% Long Island merlot, visit www.longislandmerlot.com.