Maker: Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Mattituck, NY
Grapes: 49% Merlot, 30% Chardonnay, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Riesling (2016 vintage)
Place of origin: Wölffer estate vineyards, Long Island AVA, New York, USA
Purchased for $18 (Glen’s Garden Market, Dupont Square, Washington DC)
Appearance: Pale pink, almost orange.
Nose: Very light. Mineral water, strawberry, straw.
Palate: Medium bodied and austere. Limestone dust, woodruff, underripe peach, orange peel.
Finish: A little more fruit in the finish but still very dry for a rosé.
Parting words: This is the first Long Island wine I’ve ever purchased or maybe even tried. I picked it up while in DC visiting friend of the Wölffer Estate is located near Bridgehampton on the eastern end of Long Island. They make a wide range of wines including at least two other rosés and of course ciders. This wine itself is made from a wide range of grapes, as seen above. It is not a blend of reds and whites, though. None of the juice had contact with skins for any length of time.
Wölffer Estate Rosé isn’t particularly flavorful, but it is a great summertime lunch or dinner on the patio wine. Very good with grilled pork or chicken but at its best with hot dogs. I’m officially against austerity, but it feels natural here, not imposed. Wölffer Estate Rosé is recommended.