It seems like New York is welcoming new wineries into the family most every week, which just goes to show how successful the state's wine industry is and how many people want to live the "vineyard life."
Charles John Vineyards is one of Long Island's newest vineyards, having been planted in 1999. Named for owners Jackie and Matt Campbell's son (who was born the same year), their 17 acres are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals -- merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
Matt, much like myself, has a "day job" in marketing for a major tech company. But wine is clearly much more fun, isn't it?
Because the vines were planted in 1999 and given the usual four years to mature, the Charles John Vineyard 2003 Merlot is their first release...and I was impressed with it's quality and "sense of place."