Bottles Worth Bringing

By Emma Rosenblum
Published November 25, 2007

What the experts said: Tim Kopec: This wine goes to show you that Long Island has the ability to make good things. It has a beautiful balance and some complexity. Aldo Sohm: Yes, this is really good, for a Long Island wine. I wouldn’t necessarily match this wine with a steak, though. Page Peter Jamros: For $19, this is superb. What we thought: “It’s an explosion in your mouth.”


By Dave Steadman
Published October 2005

Imagine your own Bordeaux-stile blend. Thank s to Claudio Zamorano, winemaker at Laurel Lake Vineyards in Laurel, you can do just that. First, you’re presented with you pour into a calibrated tube, noting how many ounces of each are added. After tasting your blend, you can alter the percentages (again keeping track of how many ounces of each wine are use) until you’re pleased with the results. Zamorano will return then blend these wines to your specifications, bottle and cork it. You will return home with a bottle of your own private Bordeaux-stile blend. With two or three weeks notice, he can arrange for a group of ten or more to have a very special wine -blending experience. Some of the wines you’ll want to taste when you visit Laurel Lake are the 2000 Merlot, 2002 Syrah, 200 Cabernet Franc, 2003 Pinot Noir, and their Chardonnays-fresh, fruit forward and crisp.

New York Times review of Laurel Lake Vineyards
LONG ISLAND VINES Low Profile but Big Taste

By Howard G. Goldberg
Published: January 23, 2005

MIDPRICED wines from Chile have acquired a reputation for immediate drinkability. That inviting trait can also be found in wines from Laurel Lake Vineyards, purchased by Chileans about six years ago. All three wines tasted – the 2003 chardonnay, 2002 syrah and 2000 merlot – were smooth and pleasurable. Laurel Lake’s owners are Francisco Gillmore, the proprietor of the Gillmore Estate winery in the Maule region of Chile; Alejandro Parot, a wine producer; and Juan Esteban Sepúlveda, the executive director of Vinos del Sur, a Maule winery. Claudio Zamorano is the chief operating officer and winemaker at the 17-acre estate in Laurel, on the North Fork. Although Laurel Lake has kept a fairly low profile among its peers, its soft 2000 winter-season merlot ($16) is anything but modest. A beautiful dark garnet color, it is somber, spicy and meaty, even a little gamy, and mouth-filling. The amiable syrah ($20), which is about half the weight of the merlot, seems more hesitant, more of an experiment, although the fruit was spicy and oaky, and the tannins firm. (Syrah is not an entrenched grape on Long Island; relatively few wineries plant it.) In light of the density and typical assertiveness of syrahs from the West Coast, Australia and the Rhone Valley in France, Laurel Lake’s version seemed timid and tame, but not uninteresting.

Newsday Laurel lake Vineyards Review

By Peter M. Gianotti
Sunday, March 28, 2004 / Nassau Edition

Laurel Lake Vineyards has duet of tasty, fairy priced Chardonnays with a springtime stile. The 2001 Laurel Lake Reserve Chardonnay is creamy, but not overly so, with a suggestion of oak, vanilla and spice. It’s balanced and good, especially with shellfish and lighter veal and chicken dishes. A bottle of the ’01 reserve from the Laurel producer is about $15. Straightforward and versatile, the 2001 Laurel Lake Chardonnay, a steel-fermented production, is refreshing white, suitable solo or with more casual fare. Try it with grilled chicken or ham. A bottle of this wine is about $10.

New York Times review of Laurel Lake Vineyards
LONG ISLAND VINES; A Laurel Lake Stand out

By Howard G. Goldberg
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2002

It does not diminish Laurel Lake Vineyard’s first Bordeaux-style blend to judge it a small triumph. The wine resembles an inviting, complex red from a small Bordelaise chateau. At $45, an eyebrow-raising price — until the wine is tasted — the blend makes a significant statement. ”I describe the style,” said Juan Sepulveda, an owner and the winemaker, ”as European” or ”a super-Long Island” wine reflecting the ”ideal growing conditions found on the North Fork.” Because of perceived similarities in maritime winegrowing conditions, long-established East End producers have taken Medoc reds as a model since 1988, when a high-powered Bordeaux delegation gave master classes in agriculture and vinification. A beautiful, transparent ruby color, the wine, of medium weight, is redolent of raspberries, crème de cassis, sweet wood, tobacco and tar. The tannins leave a pleasant dustiness on the tongue. Mr. Sepulveda finds ”a complex aromatic spectrum of spice, leather, black pepper, herbs and toasty oak.” The startling tin label, resembling an old printing shop’s hot-type form, announces that the limited edition wine is called Credence. The name, Mr. Sepulveda said, ”represents our faith in the potential and future of the North Fork.”

Newsday Laurel lake Vineyards Review

By Peter M. Gianotti
Sunday, October 13, 2002

Laurel Lake Vineyards has produces its best wines to date, a big, complex red blend called Credence. It will make you believer. This elegant, Bordeaux-style wine is easily identifiable, not only for its smooth character and potential to mature, but for the striking pressed-tin labels. The 1999 Credence Meritage Limited Edition is 55 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot, 10 percent cabernet franc, 7 percent syrah and 3 percent petit verdot. The well-structured wine is accessible now. But expect it to become smoother and silkier over the next decade.

Newsday Laurel lake Vineyards Review

By Peter M. Gianotti
Sunday, January 6, 2002

Laurel Lake’s 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is a respectable red, with good body and varietal character. It comes from a vintage certain to be overshadowed by 2000 and 2001, and isn’t meant for cellaring. Try the cabernet now with red meat, stews or other wintry fare.

New York Times review of Laurel Lake Vineyards
LONG ISLAND VINES; A Vineyard’s Debut Rose

By Howard G. Goldberg
Published: Sunday, February 11, 2001

If the rose signals the quality and stylishness of future Laurel Lake wines, then Long Island consumers are in luck. Amiable, tasty and dry, Laurel Lake’s rose of cabernet sauvignon immediately ranks at the top of its genre on the East End.

The Journal News

By Elizabeth Johnson
Thursday, April 11, 2002
Food Notes

It’s about time Long Island caught up with Australia and California when it comes to the peppery syrah grape (shiraz in Australia.) Laurel Lake Vineyards 1999 Syrah is only the second syrah to be introduced from the North Fork, and it was awarder a gold medal in the Florida International Wine Competition.

The Journal News

By Elizabeth Johnson
January 9, 2002
Food Notes

A year ago, when the night air was cold enough to frost the breath, Juan Sepulveda, the winemaker of Laurel Lake Vineyards, put on his winter coat and led a group of grape pickers into his vineyards- after a hearty midnight meal. They picked frozen chardonnay grapes from his fields, preparing to make one of the only few ice wines ever produced on Long Island. But most are made in Canada or Germany, and Laurel Lake owners and winemaster Cesar Baeza had made some before in Chile, so decided it a shot here, too. The wine was immediately pressed and the juice fermented in steel barrels.

Newsday Laurel lake Vineyards Review
Wines of Long island

By Peter M. Gianotti
January 6, 2002

The wines of Laurel Lake Vineyard have shown considerable improvement since the Laurel winery was acquired by a group of Chilean investors. Laurel Lake’s 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is a respectable red, with good body and varietal character. It comes from a vintage certain to be overshadowed by 2000 and 2001, and isn’t meant for cellaring. Try the cabernet now with red meat, stews or other wintry fare.

Wine Spectator

June 15, 2001

86 Points. Laurel Lake Chardonnay North fork of long island Reserve $15.Creamy texture and balanced structure make this white a good match for food; the melon and toasty flavors are muted, but should emerge with time in the bottle. Drink through 2002. 2,000 cases made.- TM.

Agenda, New York

2001 Spring Summer Preview.
Volume 13
The Source
News from Long island North fork

Exciting plans are in the works for Laurel Lake vineyards, acquired a by Chilean consortium, whose winery-experienced principals include COO, Juan Sepulveda, and well-know Chilean-born enologist, Cesar Baeza. Among innovations underway is a vineyard to produce signature Sangiovese. Another Chilean, Rolf Achtenberg. Currently, seven well-rated Laurel Lake wines from its 20 year old vineyard are available here: Chardonnay/Chardonnay Reserve, Lake Rose, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon/Reserve, and windsong, an easy drinking red blend. Samples of the elegant Reserve Chardonnay and cabernet were appealing and, thankfully, not over oaked. Stay tuned.

Market Watch

Market intelligence, spirit and beer.
March, April 2001

Laurel lake Vineyards adds a new varietal to its portfolio with its 1998 cabernet Sauvignon. According to the company, the wine offers taste of ripe fruit balanced by French oak. The Lon Island, New York, vineyard only recently began distributing its wines, witch are now available in the Tri-State New York area and Florida.

Orlando Sentinel

Orange Thursday February 22, 2001
Toast to fine wines

Laurel Lake 1998 cabernet Sauvignon produced at Laurel Lake vineyards on the North shore of Long Island, was awarded a gold medal at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition in Tampa. Feb. 8-10. The competition included 824 wines from 19 states and seven foreign countries. The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, describes as “rich and fully flavored”.


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