Wolffer Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Wolffer Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

It’s almost summer (I’m choosing to ignore the weather we’ve been enduring lately) and with the change of seasons comes a change in drinking habits — as well as venues — for many.

When you’re looking for wine to enjoy by the pool, on the boat or at the beach, you’re not looking for extreme complexity and nuance. You want fresh. You want clean. You want thirst-quenching. And it’s a bonus if the wine is sealed under a screwcap, because you know you’re not going to remember to pack the corkscrew.

Our wine of the week, Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($22) checks all those boxes.

Made from 100 percent sauvignon blanc and fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks, it offers aromas of just-ripe pear and lemons. If you’re looking for the aggressively grassy aromas, you won’t find them here. As it warms, the most subtle note of salty ocean breeze emerges on the nose too.

Lighter bodied and lemony, the palate is juicy and fresh and more saline and minerally than fruity. It offers a bit of pithy citrus, which is nice and only enhances the wine’s appetite-whetting quality.

Though perfect on the beach or by the pool, this is also a wine that should work well with oysters and even simple salads too.

This wine was my northforker.com “Wine of the Week” on June 1, 2017

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Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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