WINE TASTING DINNER MENU AT C'est La Vie ! University Park
Four-Course Dinner & Four glasses of Wine
For reservations, call 941.355.2323 • $49 plus tax and gratuity – Limited Seating
Meeting the Vineyard Owner : Paumanok Vineyard.
Founded in the spring of 1983, our 127 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud, and our three sons. Born and raised in the “Old World”, wine has always been a part of our lives and we continue the tradition at Paumanok Vineyards. Only premium vinifera grapevines are planted, consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The traditional dense planting of the vineyards at 1100 to 1400 vines per acre produces more concentrated fruit and therefore higher quality wines. For our wines, only estate grown grapes are used and production is limited to fewer than 12,000 cases.
The winery is a renovated turn-of-the-century barn that houses a fermentation tank room and lab. The spacious tasting room was built on top of the barrel cellar. It is surrounded by an inviting deck overlooking the vineyards. Paumanok is the only name the great poet Walt Whitman used to describe this special place that is our vineyard’s namesake.
Description of the wines :
1. Chenin Blanc Paumanok
The Paumanok Chenin underwent a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It was bottled with a screw cap to preserve freshness and cleanliness. The result is a fresh, crisp, racy, and bracing Chenin that is redolent of grapefruit and pineapple, with more subtle notes of melon, apple and guava. It makes an excellent companion to various white meat fish dishes, such as striped bass, flounder, cod and lobsters and especially oysters.
2. Chardonnay Paumanok
Only free run juice is used for Paumanok’s barrel fermented Chardonnay. After completing its fermentation in French oak barrels, this Chardonnay ages sur lie in the same barrel for 7 months, with occasional stirring of the lees to add a subtle, yeasty character to the wine. It is medium-bodied with rich melon and apple flavors and a crisp, balanced finish.
3. Cabernet Franc Paumanok
Aromas of bramble fruit, herbs, flowers and spice. Medium-bodied with firm tannins, black fruit and cherry flavors. Try it with poultry, game or mild cheeses. 100% Cabernet Franc.
4. Riesling Late Harvest Paumanok
This Riesling is a botrytis-affected wine, made from grapes with ‘Nobel Rot’. It offers clean, bright aromas of peaches, apples, nectarines, flowers and honey. It has rich, honeyed texture with sweet and delicious flavors of apple, peach, apricot and grape. This wine has terrific acid balance, a persistent aftertaste and a crisp, nearly dry finish. Enjoy on it’s own after a meal or try pairing it with fruit tarts and cheeses. Only 439 cases were made.
Alcohol: 9.0% – Residual Sugar: 16% – Brix at Harvest: 33.5
The Riesling Late Harvest comes in at 154 grams per liter of residual sugar and 9% alcohol. Now that you are in the land of late-harvest Riesling, this is where you’ll start saying “Apricots, Peaches and Pineapple, oh my!” As rich as it sometimes seems, what actually makes this interesting rather than scary is the zest and acidity. It is most certainly sweet, but it doesn’t seem anywhere near as sweet as statistics might suggest. It adds a bit of bite and tension as it airs on the lingering and completely delicious finish. That drier and fresher character was underscored emphatically the next day, when the sugar was just a bit more subdued, the flavors intense and the demeanor bright and sunny. This should satisfy lots of desires over the next few years (or, noting that these tend to age well, the next couple of decades or so.) We’ll be conservative at the moment. Note: The price references a 375ml bottle, from which this was tasted. – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 points