Shinn Estate Vineyards, in the North Fork of Long Island N.Y., has been making a name for itself for many years now. The owners are content to remain small, and they pay extra attention to the vineyard and winemaking. The results show in the wines. Usually it's the Merlot that I find to my tastes, but recently, I was able to taste their "Wild Boar Doe"
"If it grows together, it goes together," is a saying you'll hear often in food pairings. Now, I don't know if that necessarily applies to pairing a Long Island duck with Long Island grapes, but this pairing certainly makes the case. Confit Duck Legs give the Wild Boar Doe the exact amount of fatty richness on the palate that's needed to bring this wine from good to great. It creates a stage on the palate that allows the wine to sing.
2005 Shinn Estate Vineyards Wild Boar Doe - The nose showed ripe strawberry with cedar and earth. On the palate, I found raspberry with tea leaf and wood tones. It was beautifully balanced with a gorgeous finish full of red fruits and a hint of pepper.