Paumanok Vineyards–


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.

Festival Chardonnay……....................31286

Festival Chardonnay is a blend of several lots of Chardonnay. It was fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks. It is light, dry, crisp and clean with refreshing aromas and flavors of apple, lemon, pineapple and stones. This is a great every day white, perfect with pasta, poultry, fish and cheese dishes. 

90 points - Wine Enthusiast

Dry Riesling……....................31280

This wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks to preserve the Riesling varietal character. It offers aromas of lime, green apple, lilies, lilac and other white flowers. Dry with flavors of lime, green apple, white apricot, it finishes with intense acidity. Pair it with white meat dishes and lighter fish. 

90 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Chenin Blanc……....................31279

The Paumanok 2017 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. 


2013 Merlot……....................31285

Paumanok's standard-label 2013 Merlot shares much of the same ripe ruddy fruit intensity of the Grand Vintage bottling. Lighter in body and a touch crisper on the palate, it's an elegant and nuanced yet more approachable wine. Taut with tannins and still tightly wound, it will still benefit from cellaring through 2022.

91 points - Wine Enthusiast

90 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2013 Merlot Grand Vintage……....................31284

This exceptionally ripe yet complexed and balanced Merlot offers long aging potential. It's deeply concentrated in fruit, boasting ruddy, ripe streaks of black cherry and plum off set by brisk acidity and fine, penetrating tannins. Shades of dried herb, autumn leaves and mushroom lend finesse and elegance. It's tasty now but should improve further from 2020 through 2025.

93 points - Wine Enthusiast

93 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Cabernet Franc……....................31282

Spice and green pepper notes accentuate ripe luscious blackberry and cassis flavors in this classically inspired Cabernet Franc. Fine tannins and fresh cutting acidity lend vibe to the midpalate. Fleshy and ripe yet pleasantly herbaceous, it's ready to drink now but should hold well through 2022.

90 points - Wine Enthusiast

Cabernet Sauvignon……....................31283

Aromas of bramble cedar, herbs, and black currants. Medium-bodied, firm tannins, black fruit and cherry flavors.88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. 

91 points - Wine Enthusiast


This gorgeously composed Bordeaux blend offers invigorating bursts of blackberry and plum flavors nuanced with spice, vanilla and fur. It's full bodied and texturally quite satisfying, yet stately, framed by crisp cranberry acidity and penetrating tannins. It's delicious now, but should gain further complexity and depth from 2020–2030.

93 points - Wine Enthusiast

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc……....................31811

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our original planting (planted in 1984) behind the winery were allowed to hang on the vine beyond their normal point of full ripeness to promote the development of botrytis, the “noble rot”. A slow, cool fermentation in new French and Hungarian oak barrels yielded intense and focused tropical fruit flavors like litchi, quince, pineapple, mango and guava. This wine is rich and sweet, and has ample acidity to balance the sugar, resulting in a sensational, full-bodied, dessert wine with a long finish. The oak embellishes the wine by imparting a subtle nutty flavor and by increasing complexity. A wonderful match with sharp cheeses like Roquefort or Stilton, or enjoy on its own after dinner.

Alcohol: 10.0%
Residual Sugar: 14.7%
Brix at Harvest: 32.5

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