"Look What They're Saying"
By Carlos De Vito, Author of "Wineries of the East Coast"
Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - February 12, 20008, North Fork of Long Island, NY, USA
"As usual, I was perusing the shelves at one of my favorite stores [McAdams Buy Rite on 3rd Avenue (a great Long Island selection of wines)] when I spied a wine I had never tried before - Baiting Hollow Farm Cabernet Sauvignon. To say the least - I was thrilled. I always love finding a new wine. I'm like a little kid.
I came home tonight trudging through the wind, and sleet, and snow. Dominique and I had decided we would curl up in front of the fireplace and watch the Westminster Dog show, which we had attended the first half the night before. I had said I would have Special K for dinner in an ill-fated attempt to lose weight. A dinner of breaded chicken cutlets, spinach, and fresh egg noodles, which Dom had prepared, persuaded me that I would sideline my attempts at weight reduction for a later day. Tonight, instead, we would try the Baiting Hollow Farm wine.
According to the website, "During the 1980's, Sam Rubin ventured to eastern Long Island and acquired what has since become the beautiful Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard ("BHFV"). Sam, a lifelong farmer and naturalist, began to till the soil, the basis for all great wines, using only organic compost and other natural ingredients. This approach, the acquisition of fine French vines, the rather hospitable climate of the region, along with his vision and hard work, remain the foundation for BHFV's rather exceptional wine."
While the website doesn't say who the winemaker is, Lenndevours back in September 2006 noted that Tom Drozd, former Palmer Vineyards winemaker, noted that Drozd had "been making wine for Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard."
The website went onto say about the Cabernet Sauvignon, that it was "made from carefully selected fruit from the northernmost section of our vineyard...and placed into stainless steel tanks during fermentation. After 10-14 days, the resulting wine is separated from its skins and the first free run is placed into small oak barriques of which 20% are new American barrels. After 14- 18months of oak aging under careful supervision, with quarterly racking to assure quality, the wine is bottled."
The wine had a deep red color as promised. To me, the nose came across as strawberries and vanilla. A fabulous nose, I could not shake the strawberry, but still I did get some darker fruits as well. The wine was beautifully balanced, with a great taste and a fabulous finish. I liked this wine very much.
The photos from the website seem to show a beautiful farm, with gorgeous vines and beautiful vistas. A great place for an event or wedding. Anyway, I definitely thought this went well with the final big round of Westminster and with the nice dinner and the fireplace. But more than anything, rare for a school night, we finished the bottle - a good sign.
Carlo De Vito"
Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He was also a publisher at Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from Wine Spectator, as well as books with Greg Moore (of Moore Bros.), Matt Kramer, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. Mr. DeVito has also been the editor of many successful traditional trade books, including Strange Fruit by David Margolick, On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking, and three titles by Malachy McCourt.
Grand Cru Grapevine - August 2007
"In A New York State of Mind"
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Rosé, 2005, North Fork of Long Island, NY, USA
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is a relative newcomer to the Long Island wine region, with their tasting room set to open soon. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet several members of this lovely family and taste a number of their wines, where I was especially struck by their Rosé. This wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives it a deep, almost ruby color. It displayed youthful aromas of raspberry and strawberry along with floral notes. On the palate, the wine was lush and ripe with continued notes of raspberry and strawberry, joined by slight herbal and spice characteristics, which lingered in the medium+
Sent to our "Roving Photographer/Reporter Steve Levine
We love your vineyard! It was the best time we had in a while. It's a great atmosphere with the outside grass and tables; just like you're on vacation. We even forgot we were on Long Island. We love the live music; the set-up, the workers and of course, the delicious wine. The day we had there was perfect and I can't think of anything better then friends outside on a beautiful day, having lunch and wine with great people and listening to fun music!!! We cant wait to come back!!!
Attached is the picture we promised to send you. I want to thank you for accommodating such a large group. We had a great time. The place is beautiful; it has quickly become my favorite. The wine was excellent, the décor was gorgeous and the staff was wonderful, we couldn't have asked for more. I wish you the best of luck.
HI Steve,We had a great time at your vineyard!! We will definitely come back!! Here are some photos from our day!
"Mine name is Audrey. I came out today with a friend of mine and I wanted to say thank you to both Diane and Susan. They are wonderful and thank you for allowing us to see the horses as well. This is the most wonderful place I have ever been to and will return many times over. Thank you again!"
"I have been going to the wineries since 1980 when there were only a few in existence & I can tell you: Baiting Hollow is the BEST !! Not only are the wines excellent but the place is beautiful, I love that we can have lunch, everyone is so nice, the live music is great & what is done for the horses is fantastic !!"
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