Review: Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2016 Rose

In Reviews, Wine

wolffer-rose-2016-blogFor a lot of — okay, too many — people Wölffer Estate 2016 Rosé ($18), isn’t just the unofficial wine of the Hamptons. It is Long Island wine. For better or for worse, there may not be a better-known Long Island wine.

Winemaker Roman Roth makes a lot of rosé — more than 40,000 cases covering three still wines, a sparkling wine and a dessert wine — and you’ll find it on many restaurant lists and store shelves this summer. Heck, I’ve personally seen it on a wine list as far north as Burlington, Vt.

People — myself included — love the stuff. It’s always bright and fresh — and decided more a white wine in style and flavor than more traditional dry rose from France, Spain or Italy.

This year’s edition is made with 49% merlot, 30% chardonnay, 9% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc and 4% riesling — but it’s that steel-fermented chardonnay that stands out most, and also makes it drink like a white wine.

The 2016 isn’t so much pink as it is a light copper color with citrusy and floral aromas on a bright, effusive nose, making it bright and fresh on the palate. It’s lower alcohol (12% abv) with well-integrated acidity and subtle fruity flavors — think peach and juicy pear — that are deftly balanced. A dry, slightly saline finish begs to be enjoyed with something like fish tacos or your feet in the sand.

You can drink it icy cold out of the fridge or cooler, but it’s a lot more giving and delicious slightly warmer.

Producer: Wolffer Estate Vineyard
AVA:  Long Island
Grape(s): 49% Merlot, 30% Chardonnay, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc,
4% Riesling
ABV: 12%
RS: 0.15%
pH: 3.4
Production: 25,200 cases
Price: $18

1 Comment

  1. I’m confused as to why you decided to expand the area you’ve been covering. Instead of concentrating on Long Island or New York wines which would have been difficult enough, now you cover many States if not the entire East. Covering many hundreds if not over a thousand vineyards would be an enormous task even for an individual who was doing it fulltime. This has resulted in a dilution and loss of focus that damages your intentions. You reduced your contributors to only one other person and no longer grading wines makes reviews of less import and dubious objectivity.

    I understand the amount of work and time that this entails and so, for that very reason, you should be narrowing your focus and not be all over the map. I always enjoyed your previous iteration and felt that you were an honest and worthy critic.

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