We love our local wineries and regularly invite them to visit and taste with us, so come in Saturday and taste the fine wines of Shinn Estates. We like to bring in the interesting ones that are a little off the beaten path, literally. Shinn Estates is up on Oregon road in Mattituck and was not easy (for me) to find the first time.
Barbara Shinn and David Page, artist and chef, became grape growers for the first time in 2000 when they planted their first vines and became winemakers, also for the first time with the 2002 vintage of Shinn Estates on Oregon Road, Mattituck NY. Moving in a completely new direction in their lives, and with lots of help from the North Fork Wine community they have been quietly producing very good and unique wines and in the process creating their unique identity through their commitment to making wine.
With the completion of their own winery – previously they used other people's presses – they turned out their 2006 vintage wines totally estate produced though they were still purchasing some fruit to add to the crop from their 20 acres. Another unique feature of Shinn Estate is their commitment to organic practices in farming, a goal that some say is impossible on Long Island. Bugs and moisture can ravage and rot your vines but with an arsenal of organic farming techniques they are doing without herbicides and pesticides and in the process keeping the wine, the grapes, the soil and the water a lot cleaner!
Come to Moras's Fine Wines Saturday January 14th starting at 3pm to get to know (and taste) five Shinn Estates wines with a lovely representative of the winery. We'll be pouring wines from three vintages so here is a little summary of them. Basically good, better best
2008: Hot summer, periodic rains brought botrytis, with cooler, even harvest
2009: Cool summer, lagging ripening, warm September brought some relief
2010: Excellent, showing high sugar levels by September, Cabernet Sauvignon totally ripe
Barbara Shinn and the harvest crew at Shinn Estaste Vineyards harvested their cabernet sauvignon October 18th, wrapping up the harvest of 2010 with fully ripe Cab Sauv. Also this was the first organic and biodynamic harvest ever on the East Coast, a big accomplishment. David Page reports that Shinn will be certified biodynamic by Demeter in 2012.