2003 wasn't a great year for North Fork reds. I've written about it before, but basically there was a rainy period in October (after a good growing season) and two rounds of frost that resulted to many sub-par wines from that year. Particularly reds.
And Pellegrini Vineyards' 2003 EastEnd Select Merlot ($15), which is normally a decent, gulpable seems to have fallen victim to that bad weather.
The nose is promising enough, offering straightforward black cherry aromas with a little earthiness and smoke. But the palate is disappointing and disjointed. Fairly light in body, there's some cherries, dried leaves and even a little black pepper, but it's watery and thin, with harsh, tart acidity on the finish.
Luckily, the other new and upcoming releases from Pellegrini Vineyards were much much better. You'll read about those this week.