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Medolla Merlot 2002 – SILVER MEDAL – August 2007
The New York Wine & Food Classic held at the
Copia Napa, California
    Medolla Merlot 2002 – BRONZE MEDAL – July 2007
The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition held in
Haymarket, Virginia

The Lenz Merlot Classic – 2013
Medolla Vineyards

Edible East End – Winter, 2009
Behind the Bottle

For all intents and purposes, John Medolla is new to the wine biz and on paper might seem like a most unlikely architect of a new and very good merlot. After 30 years in the aviation industry, he and his wife, Denise, took the plunge in 2002—problem was, they had no vines, no winemaking equipment, no facility in which to make the magic happen. But with the memory of his Neapolitan grandmother burning in his brain, he didn’t let the little things get in the way. - Amy Zavatto

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The New York Times – December 31, 2009
Standouts at a Showcase

My favorite red was Medolla’s bouncy, fairly light 2003 merlot ($15.99), which John Medolla, the owner, made with Eric Fry at Lenz. It exudes tobacco, graphite and anise and seems perfectly balanced.- Howard G. Goldberg

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Long Island Wine Press – Winter 2007
Wine Country Newcomers – All in the Family

"Winemaking has been in our family for centuries," says John Medolla, who with his wife, Denise, has been making Medolla Vineyards wine at The Lenz Winery for five years. They just released their 2002 merlot. - Eileen Duffy

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Long Island Wine Press

The NYC Wine Report – August 13, 2007

"Crafted in small lots- only 500 cases or so- by a husband and wife team on Long Islands North Fork, this is a deep purple colored Merlot with a complex palate that is as broad as a Polo field." - Dan Friedman

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The Wine Spectator – July 31 2007 – Rated 88 points

"This fresh red delivers black cherry and plum fruit, with notes of chocolate, licorice and olive. The firm tannins are well integrated, and the lively acidity keeps this red juicy. Drink now through 2009" - T.M.

Newsday – July 25, 2007

"One of the newer additions to Long Island wine country is Medolla Vineyards. And the 2002 Medolla Merlot arrives as a food-friendly, satisfying red. The Medolla family made wine in Campania before moving to Red Hook and now to Peconic. John and Denise Medolla's old-vines merlot is a medium-bodied production with fine fruit, a suggestion of cherry, and the promise of inviting wines to come." - Peter Gianotti

The Italian Tribune – July 12, 2007

The roots of the Medolla family- and of their dedication to producing top quality wines from grapes that are meticulously grown and cared for- are found at the base of Mount Vesuvius in Italy-“ My family used the Piedi Rosso (red foot) grape and has legend has it the Moscato grape as well” John says. It’s the intense passion for the craft of making wine that allows all small-scale producers to realize their dreams and continue their family traditions. As such winemakers John and Denise Medolla exemplify their company’s ideal by celebrating their heritage and the dreams of their forebears through their relationship with fine wine.

The New York Times – May 6, 2007
New Tastes From the North Fork

Denise and John Medolla trace their interest in wine to their Italian forebears,particularly Mr. Medolla's Neapolitan maternal grandmother. Medolla's 2002 merlot is earthy, gutsy, sultry and all around satisfying. - Howard G. Goldberg

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"The Medolla 2002 Merlot first release, is a great example of Long Island Merlot, with a little rustic edge to it." - Lenn Thompson

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