Red Blend – Festival

PAUMANOK 2016 Festival Red

Red Blend – Festival

Country USA
Region Long Island
Producer Paumanok


Style Red
Practices Sustainable
Grapes Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Other Features Vegan, Screw Cap, Unfined

72% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot. The grapes were harvested mid-October. They were sent through the crusher-destemmer with the rollers set wide apart to retain a larger number of whole berries. Délestage (complete drainage of free run and returning the same volume of juice/wine by irrigating over the cap, also known as “rack and return”) was done to achieve thorough, gentle extraction while minimizing the extraction of harsher tannins by the elimination of seeds as the cap settles during délestage. This method ensures that only the softest tannins are extracted. After 13 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels the Festival Red was bottled. It was sealed with a screw cap to preserve freshness and cleanliness. 12.5% alcohol. Around 700 cases produced.

Aromas of cherry, cassis and savory herbal notes. Medium-bodied with a soft tannin structure and a long finish.

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About the Producer

Founded in 1983 by the Massoud family, Paumanok Vineyards is the 2nd oldest winery on Long Island – and the oldest winery on Long Island still owned and run by its founder’s family. Established by Charles Massoud, a native of Lebanon, and his wife Ursula, a native of the Pfalz, Germany – and member of a winemaking/grape growing family – the estate is now run by their sons. Their eldest son, Kareem, is the winemaker; their son Nabeel is the viticulturalist, and their son Salim runs their administrative functions. The estate takes its name from an Algonquian name for Long Island, which was famously referenced by Walt Whitman in his poem “Starting from Paumanok”, published in Leaves of Grass.

Their 127-acre estate property is planted with 32 ha of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, and Melon de Bourgogne – densely plated at 1,100-1,400 vines per acre to produce more concentrated fruit and higher quality wines. Their wines are only made with estate fruit and production is limited to under 12,000 cases.

Their terroir is defined by the North Fork’s maritime climate and sandy, loamy topsoil and gravelly subsoil with excellent drainage, similar to Premiers Cru Bordeaux sites. In winter, Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, which surround the estate, act as giant heat sinks and insulate the vineyards from extreme low temperatures. In summer, they moderate the heat experienced in the city and inland. At harvest, Paumanok often experiences a long Indian summer due to the maritime climate. Sustainable farming and careful canopy management allow the terroir to express itself in their delicately crafted wines. Kareem’s winemaking approach is meticulous and low-intervention, with minimal use of sulfur dioxide.

Paumanok is certified sustainable by Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW). LISW is the first organization of its kind on the East Coast – modeled after similar organizations on the West Coast, like Oregon LIVE and Lodi Rules. Since 2017, the winery is 100% solar powered by their own solar panels.

New York Wines, Wineries, Wine Making History of New York - Charles Massoud
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