Press and Awards

"I tasted five East End sauvignons last week. The almost plush sauvignon from Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, a personal favorite for many vintages, had a rewardingly rich fruit-salad flavor redolent of Granny Smith apples, with hints of lime."


"The sweet fruit and oak mingle and it seems quite sexy in flavor. Yet, there is always that understatement and elegance. The longer this was open, the nicer it was. It kept growing on me. This gradually became one of my favorite NY reds in this report."

Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, 93 points

Macari's Lifeforce Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in concrete eggs, says wine writer Gabe Sasso, "is a stunning example of what can be accomplished on Long Island with the correct grapes, planted appropriately and tended well."

The Daily Meal

Wine & Spirits – June 2015

Year’s Best Sauvignon Blanc “Our blind panels tasted 274 new-release US Sauvignon Blancs over the past 12 months. Our critics rated 17 as exceptional (90+) and 9 as Best Buys…” 90 | Macari 2013 North Fork of Long Island Katherine’s Field Sauvignon Blanc “Leesy scents of biscuits and golden apple give way to this wine’s rich mouthful of pineapple flavor. Its plump texture will prop up a pairing with stuffed clams.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

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Texsom International Wine Awards

Awards from the 2015 Texsom Competition: Silver Medal – 2013 Macari Sauvignon Blanc Silver Medal – 2010 Macari Block E, Viognier Silver Medal – 2013 Macari Cabernet Franc “Lifeforce” Bronze Medal – 2012 Macari Chardonnay Estate Bronze Medal – 2013 Macari Dos Aguas

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Wine Spectator – April 2014

90 points – Macari Block E 2011 Riesling (Finger Lakes) – Lively, with dried orange peel, green tea, ginger, persimmon and apricot notes, melded pleasantly and remaining defined through the finish.

88 points – Macari Bergen Road 2010 (North Fork of Long Island) – This bold red delivers flavors of black cherry, currant, licorice and toast, with firm tannins and juicy acidity. Leans toward the tart and charry side of the spectrum, but shows character and concentration. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017.

New York Wine & Food Classic 2014

“Winery of the Year” – Macari Vineyards & Winery “Best in Class” – Macari 2010 Cabernet Franc, Double Gold – 2012 Chardonnay Estate, Gold – 2008 Dos Aguas, Gold – 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Gold – 2010 Cabernet Franc, Silver – 2013 Rose, Silver – 2012 Chardonnay Reserve, Silver – 2010 Bergen Road, Silver – 2007 Merlot Reserve, Silver – 2010 Block E Viognier

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Wine Enthusiast – May 2014 Buying Guide

88 points – Macari 2010 Bergen Road (North Fork of Long Island) Notes of vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate lend spice and warmth to the ripe red-cherry flavor of this Merlot-based Bordeaux blend. It’s unabashedly bold in style with big, chunky tannins and rich, supple fruit, but has enough structure to develop improve further through 2019.  Cellar Selection – A.I.

Wine Review Online

The New Wines of New York State by Ed McCarthy Macari is one of the  stars of Long Island wineries.  I first noticed Macari a few years ago when I tasted its excellent sparkling wine.  Two Macari wines stood out at the NY tasting, a white and a red.  Its 2012 “Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc, $23, is a lovely example of this variety: floral, crisp, and clean.  Macari’s 2007 Merlot Reserve, $35, was clearly the best Merlot wine in the tasting; it is fresh and lively, with lots of depth.  It actually needs two or three years to fully mature.  The wine is an example of how good Long Island Merlot can be.

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HC&G – July 1, 2014

Top Fromages from Three Local Cheesemongers—and Wines to Go with Them

By Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave

Local Wine Pairing: Goat cheeses cry out for Sauvignon Blanc, a classic pairing that originated in the Loire Valley. Macari’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($23) has a racy acidity, a bright, refreshing flavor, and aromas of grapefruit and lime.

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Macari Vineyards 2012 “No. 1″ Sauvignon Blanc

March 10, 2014 by Lenn Thompson Macari Vineyards winemaker Kelly Urbanik Koch made one of my favorite wines of last summer, from sauvignon blanc. This wine, Macari Vineyards 2012 “No. 1″ Sauvignon Blanc ($27) is a completely different animal, however. Half the fruit for this wine was skin fermented in a 500L barrel and the other half was left on the skins for one night in a stainless steel tank.

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Details Magazine

7 Wines That Went From Trendy To Taboo—And Are Back In Style Again
Not All Wines Age Well. Thankfully, These Once-Outcast Wines Are Back On The Menu.
By Roger Morris

5. Merlot gets its groove back
Back Story: Merlot started life in California with a clean slate. In the 1970s, Napa Valley was crazed with making 100 percent pure-breed (varietal) wines instead of blends, and it was even more obsessed with making wines better than the French. Cabernet Sauvignon took on Bordeaux, and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir competed with Burgundy. But Merlot? No expectations. By the 1990s, it was so popular that it was flying high above all critical radar. Then the 2004 movie Sideways shot it down, as the flawed hero Miles raved about the nobility of Pinot Noir and ranted against the commonality of Merlot. Sales took a double-digit dip. But loyalty has slowly brought it back. Most premium producers stuck by their Merlot, and today its reputation and sales have regained altitude, though it takes balls to order a bottle in some circles. Conversational Tidbit: Although Sideways is entertaining, Miles’ logic was often impaired. Pétrus, one of the most revered Bordeaux makers, is made almost entirely from Merlot. Recommended Bottles: 2010 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Merlot; 2007 Macari North Fork of Long Island Merlot Reserve (pictured); 2008 Petrus; 2010 Trefethen Oak Knoll of Napa Valley Merlot.

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Wines for Dessert, or Just for Fun

By HOWARD G. GOLDBERG, Published: November 27, 2013 Dessert wines, which accompany all sorts of final dinner courses and sometimes serve as such courses in themselves, are a charming feature of Long Island vintners’ portfolios… The 2011 Block E ($40 for a half-bottle) from Macari Vineyards, in Mattituck, is complex, spicy and super-luscious. Predominantly chardonnay, it also has small quantities of viognier and pinot gris. Block E is 10 acres given solely to dessert wines. The cool breezes of nearby Long Island Sound keep the acidity of the grapes high enough to give the wine zing. The 2011 is the color of polished brass, with a creamy texture, and it comes across as variously dry, semisweet and sweet. Macari’s aromatic, delicious 2011 riesling, a late-harvest wine ($40 for a half-bottle) made from Finger Lakes fruit, competes with Block E. It is dry enough to be an aperitif.

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Beaujolais-Schmeaujolais – Drink Macari Early Wine!

November 21, 2013 | By Amy Zavatto | Edible Manhattan Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day – you know, that annual running-of-the-reds release of the young, unadulterated (well, presumably) gamine Gamay sipper from France. It happens the third Thursday of November every…

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5 Iconic Wines to Celebrate the 4th of July

Change things up this holiday with some of America’s future stars!

By Gregory Dal Piaz …Long Island Sauvignon Blanc, with old world character and a just a hint of new world fruit, are poised to make a big splash and Macari is leading the way. This is just a lovely wine, as good as just about anybody’s Sauvy, but I do know its not that easy to find, so make an effort! It’s great with fish, pasta salads, and fresh goat cheeses.

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2013 International Women’s Wine Competition

Sonoma, CA – July 9, 2013

Silver – 2012 Macari Gruner Veltliner Silver – 2012 Macari Sauvignon Blanc Bronze – 2008 Macari Dos Aguas Bronze – 2011 Macari Riesling

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VIP Tasting Table: Sauvignon Blanc: Heat Wave Wine

July 24th, 2013

2012 Macari Sauvignon Blanc “Katherine’s Field” – The nose showed peach skins with hints of lemon, minerals and a dash of vanilla. On the palate, it was racy and clean with ripe white fruits accented by lime and herbs. It finished clean and refreshing with a bitter lemon peel note lingering through the close. (89 points)

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Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 2013

Critics Gold Macari Cabernet Franc 2008 Critics Platinum Macari Early Wine 2012

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2012 “Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc

Posted May 28, 2013 by Lenn Thompson

Always among the top sauvignon blancs coming from the North Fork, Macari Vineyards 2012 ”Katherine’s Field” Sauvignon Blanc ($23) is an early favorite from the 2012 batch just hitting shelves now — and I dare say the best since Kelly Urbanik took over as winemaker.

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East Coast Wineries

by Carlo de Vito

With this we pair a lovely bottle of Macari Vineyards 2012 Katherine’s Field Sauvignon Blanc. This is easily one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs, and certainly one of the best from Long Island.

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International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013

May 20, 2013

Silver – Macari 2010 Block E Bronze – Macari 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Bronze – Macari 2008 Dos Aguas Bronze – Macari 2010 Chardonnay Reserve

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Vigna Uva Vino: Macari Sauvignon Blanc 2012

May 16, 2013

With the Loire Valley in mind, Joseph Macari originally planted Sauvignon Blanc on the North Fork of Long Island convinced of the similarities of the terrain. I might say with good results. Here is a wonderful 2012 Vintage, pale dusty yellow colors in the glass, high in acidity with aromas of honeydew melon, citrus and grass, while on the palate strong notes of grapefruit and lime and more melon. Paired beautifully with a pasta with shrimp dish. $23/bottle.

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For Casual Crowds, Second Labels

By Howard G. Goldberg – May 10, 2013

Macari’s light nonvintage Collina chardonnay was lemony and refreshing ($13), and the rustic Collina nonvintage merlot ($13) had a punch…

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2013 Dallas Morning News and Texsom Wine Competition

2008 Cabernet Franc, Silver 2008 Dos Aguas, Silver 2011 Riesling, Bronze

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Sauvignon Blanc, Suited to the Season

By Howard G. Goldberg – April 26, 2013

I tasted five East End sauvignons, all 2012s, last week. Each was distinctive; all were awash in fresh acidity, which clears the palate while whetting the appetite. Steady chilling kept them brisk on the palate. The almost plush sauvignon ($23) from Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, a personal favorite for many vintages, had a rewardingly rich fruit-salad flavor redolent of Granny Smith apples, with hints of lime.

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New York State of Wine

by Jeff Harding, March 2013

With the locavore movement in full swing and sommeliers across New York City exalting local vintages, the time is ripe for New York wines. But as the Empire State’s best vintages struggle to find their place on menus (and in consumers’ awareness), it’s hard to understand why New York City isn’t following its traditions of supporting local agriculture and vintners as it does with greenmarkets and CSAs—and basically all of artisan-driven Brooklyn…

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Vigna Uva Vino: Macari Early Wine

April 7, 2013

Not being a big fan of Chardonnay, I was shocked at how much I loved this “young wine” from Macari Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island. Macari’s Austrian consultant Winemaker, Helmut Gangl made the call to try to mimic this traditional Austrian style. And it works. Ready to drink only 3 months after harvest, to me it’s more like a cross between a Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc, bright and crisp….

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Wine Enthusiast

February, 2013

Macari Vineyards is featured in the February 2013 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of Long Island Wine Country’s top producers. The article lists Long Island as the third best wine travel destination of 2013.

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Decanter World Wine Awards

2008 Macari Block E (white) – Bronze 2008 Macari Cabernet Franc – Bronze 2008 Macari Dos Aguas – Commended

Sommelier Journal

Block E 2008 Red
Macari’s 2008 Block E Red is an icewine-style dessert wine with deep aromas of coffee, raspberry, and hibiscus.

International Eastern Competition 2012

Silver Medal – Macari Riesling 2010 Silver Medal – Macari Dos Aguas 2008 Bronze Medal – Macari Cabernet Franc 2008 Bronze Medal – Macari Block E 2008 Red

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Wine Spectator

Long Island’s Leading Wineries. May 2012
Macari is a growing leader in the movement toward organic viticulture.

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