William Heritage Winery 2017 Rosé

90 points

Light woodsy spice aromas bring complexity to an effusive core of pure strawberry, blueberry and red grapefruit fruitiness. Bright and fruit forward, with more strawberry, blueberry and grapefruit flavors it features nervy, citrusy acidity and a peach pulp-y roundness on the mid-palate that makes the mouthfeel stand out. The cabernet franc peeks out just a bit on the end of a long finish, bringing a gentle herbal/black tea bit of nuance with it.

At $15, this might be the best value in East Coast rosé for 2017. I have yet to find a better one.

Producer: William Heritage Winery
Region: Outer Coastal Plain AVA
Grapes: 44% Merlot, 32% Syrah, 24% Cabernet Franc
Price: $15*

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

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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