A vineyard grows in Brooklyn . . . or at least a winery does.
Brooklyn Oenology was one of my most exciting finds during a recent trip to Long Island’s wine country. My first taste was the 2007 Chardonnay, a Burgundian style fruit-focused white with tropical fruit flavors and a hint of walnut and vanilla. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a few bottles of Brooklyn Oenology’s red wines without tasting them.
Brooklyn Oenology is based in Brooklyn, on the edge of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods. Winemaker and owner Alie Shaper’s philosophy is to bring together Brooklyn’s heritage with the celebration of its evolution and its continued influence as a cultural and economic force.
Brooklyn Oenology buys its grapes from Long Island growers, and makes the wine at a shared facility on the North Fork.
Of their red wine, I really like the 2007 Social Club Red. It’s a Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Syrah making up the last 7 percent. It’s aged in two and three year-old French oak barrels.
The wine certainly lives up to its name — it’s an easy to drink wine that’s great for sharing with friends. Aromas of red fruit and earth introduce flavors of plum, dried cherry, date, chocolate and clove. Subtle tannins give the wine a smooth mouthfeel.
If you like the Social Club Red try Brooklyn Oenology’s 2006 Motley Cru ($17.99), a blend of Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Brooklyn Oenology has some of the coolest labels I’ve seen on wine bottles. Each varietal or blend features the work of a different local artist. The 2007 Social Club Red features a relief by Peter Barrett entitled “Pane.”
Currently Brooklyn Oenology can only ship to addresses in New York State, Washington D.C. and California. If you’re in New York, you’ll find Brooklyn Oenology at wine shops and restaurants. Or you can visit the North Fork of Long Island and taste Brooklyn Oenology’s wines at The Tasting Room in Peconic.
The 2007 Social Club Red costs $14.99.
For more on Brooklyn Oenology visit brooklynoenology.com.