Blend of 48% Merlot, 22% Dornfelder, 11% Refosco, 10% Syrah, 9% Petit Verdot from the Bridgehampton, North Fork AVA, Long Island, NY.
ABOUT THIS WINE: At the end of May 2020 amidst quarantine we had an idea and acted quickly to bring it to life. We created HEART/Artists Series 2019 White Wine to celebrate our Winery, our Community and our Earth. We wanted to create something special in the bottle and send Love and Heart out into our world.
After blending the first wine, we began brainstorming about the name and label and all that seemed appropriate was "Heart". The idea, the word, the image, the love, the organ, the metaphor, the abstraction. We imagined a series of labels inspired by Heart and Channing Daughters Winery. We wanted 12 different labels of Love and Heart to adorn the wine and fill the case. We wanted local artists, deeply connected to us and the winery. So, we asked a dozen stellar humans/local artists to create special artwork for this wine inspired by "Heart".
Our 2020 Heart / Artist series Red wine is a symphonic red blend that combines the best of five grape varieties. This is made from 48% Merlot, 22% Dornfelder, 11% Refosco, 10% Syrah and 9% Petit Verdot. You can imagine the wine as a dynamic red blend bolstered by aromatic bursts of exotic red-fruited Refosco, fleshed out by briary dark Dornfelder berries, with added verve, freshness and geometry provided by the Petit Verdot and Syrah all balanced together by plump, satisfying, enveloping ripe Merlot.
VINIFICATION: All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed and fermented ambiently/wild in small bins. Punched down by hand and shovel until fermentation was complete then raised in stainless steel and older/neutral oak barrels for eight months before bottling on May 21st, 2021. We produced 618 cases of this wine and we encourage you all to buy it by the case. We labeled the wine so it would allow us to have all 12 different artists' work in each limited-edition box. Get a case and get them all!*
TASTING NOTES: This is a complex and unique red wine full of deliciousness and life. The texture is plump and beguiling with cleansing acidity, moderate alcohol and a long finish. The aromas and flavors are Ripe, Deep, Savory, pleasure-filled and range in fruit character from Red to Blue to Black Fruit and Berries. The texture is silken, giving, and it can be hard to put the glass down. There is a generosity coupled with raciness in this dry red wine that is quite satisfying and keeps one coming back for more.
FOOD PAIRING: Our 2020 Heart / Artists series Red wine is as comfortable at a summer picnic luncheon as it is in the winter on a white tablecloth with fancy glassware. It is super versatile with foods, people and places this wine will pair beautifully with the astounding bounty of our farms, fields, bays and ocean that offer up a plethora of Vegetables, Meats, Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Cheeses, Fruits and more.
Simply prepared Summer and Autumn Veggies. Striped Bass, smoked bluefish, Black Sea Bass, Blackfish, Scallops, Baked Clams, Pastas, Poultry, Pork, Beef and Veal preps are all going to work.
In fact this wine pairs wonderfully with anything anyone makes with "Heart"! Our 2020 Heart red wine will easily match with foods that range from lightly poached or sautéed all the way through grilled and braised, so have fun and experiment with this one, you will love the possibilities it presents.
ARTISTS: We are eternally grateful for the participation and contribution of the wonderful artists involved in this project: