Nautique is a second label of Peconic Bay winery on the North Fork of Long Island, a little more value oriented brand meant for every day consumption. Currently they make a “Esprit de Rouge” and an “Esprit de Blanc”, and we picked up both during our visit to Long Island back in October.
2007 Nautique “Esprit de Rouge”
Wine Information –
Region: North Fork, Long Island
Grapes: 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Oak Program: Info not available, although based on the taste I was assume neutral or 2nd/3rd use barrels for a short time
Nose: cherry, raspberry, cola
Taste: black cherry, vanilla, licorice
Mouthfeel: medium body, with velvety but structured tannins
Finish: medium in length and fruity
Nice everyday wine that is ready to drink young, and went great with our pizza. Nothing too complex about the wine, but I believe that is how it was “built” and what it was meant to be. Lots and lots of cherry, with hints of cola and licorice to balance out the fruitiness. This wine has a decent distribution on the East Coast so if you live in NY, NJ, and CT – you should be able to find it.