Paumanok's Bordeaux blend, a 53-47 blend of Merlot and Cabernet, is a serious, structured wine that needs time or a couple of years in the cellar to open up. Fairly ripe for a Long Island red, it shows cherry and red berry fruit wrapped in a chocolaty palate with good oak spice. The bouquet is closed, although lemon and cranberry show though. But the wine finishes with good length and flavors of black pepper and pencil shavings. Drink 2008–2012.