48% Cabernet Franc, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot. The grapes were harvested on October 10, 18 and 24 of 2018, and loaded directly in the press. After four to six hours of skin contact, the press cycle was started. Average fermentation temperature was kept cool, around 60º F. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks to preserve its character. It was sealed with a screw cap for freshness and cleanliness. Bottled mid-January. Pale, salmon pink color. Fresh, bright, clean aromas and flavors of cranberry and apple. On the palate, light to medium-bodied with a dry finish. 12% alcohol. 500 cases plus kegs were produced.
The 2018 growing season got off to a slow start as cool weather delayed bud break in early May. While dry overall, June and July saw periodic rain along with unwanted humidity. The Summer months brought ample heat and, with enough water in the ground, growth took off. 2018 saw more humidity and rain than was needed, and made for lots of work in the vineyard. In the end, there was plenty of beautiful, blue sky weather to balance out the less desirable days and yield a crop that was sufficiently ripe to produce high quality wines.
About the Producer
Founded in the spring of 1983, this 127 acre estate is owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud, and their three sons. Born and raised in the "Old World", wine has always been a part of their lives and they continue the tradition at Paumanok Vineyards.
The domaine is exclusively planted with premium vinifera grapevines consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The traditional dense planting of the vineyards at 1100 to 1400 vines per acre produces more concentrated fruit and therefore higher quality wines. All wines are made with estate fruit and the production is limited to fewer than 12,000 cases. The winery is a renovated turn-of-the-century barn that houses a fermentation tank room and lab. The spacious tasting room was built on top of the barrel cellar. It is surrounded by an inviting deck overlooking the vineyards.
Paumanok is a Native American name for Long Island, and is used by the great poet Walt Whitman to describe this special place in his 1860 poem "Starting from Paumanok".
Farming/sustainability practices: Paumanok is certified sustainable by Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW). LISW is the first organization of its kind on the east coast and is modeled off of similar organizations on the west coast such as Oregon LIVE and Lodi Rules. The winery is solar powered.