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Paumanok Tuthills Lane Merlot 2010


SKU 21340


Made from a single block on Tuthills Lane planted in 1986. The 2010 vintage is only the second time Paumanok has produced this label, and it is one of the finest reds our estate has produced. It offers intense aromas of crushed blackberries, plum, fig and luxuriously sweet vanilla. It is a complex, full bodied red with rich, voluminous tannins and multi layered flavors of black fruits, earth and sweet spice. 188 cases were bottled.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region New York
Appellation North Fork of Long Island
Brand Paumanok
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Merlot Tuthills Lane was aged in 55% new French oak and 45% neutral French oak and comes in at 13.9% alcohol. The first taste and first thought summed this up-"just gorgeous." Powerful, concentrated and focused, this gripping Merlot takes no prisoners in terms of structure, yet it is in perfect balance with the ripe fruit, too. The fruit is flavorful and nuanced, showing classic Bordeaux-like notes (although, in its youth, also a bit of oak). It is pretty delicious even now, but it will continue to improve in the cellar and it should have a long life ahead. It will acquire more complexity in time and pull in the last bits of oak. Retasted the next day, it was not quite the "wow" wine on first impression, having calmed down, but it showed more complexity and refinement, was more Bordeaux-like than ever and seemed even fresher. While you most certainly can drink it now, it will just as certainly be better in five years or so. It should hold beautifully. It not yet even at peak.

Mark Squires, June 2015