Wolffer Estate 2015 "Fatalis Fatum" Red Blend

92 points

Black cherries and blackberries are sprinkled with earthy spice, chickory coffee grounds and cocoa nibs. The minerally graphite quality that is so common in Wölffer’s top reds is here too all within a palate that shows nice ripeness without going over to jammy, with well-incorporated, fine-grained tannins and some juicy acidity.

If you’re going to drink this now, I’d recommend decanting it for a few hours — it really opened up for me on the third day open on my counter. Those pairings sound good to me, but you also might want to just have it by the fire pit on a cool summer evening.

It’s spring in Long Island wine country — and for many, that means rosé. And if you’re drinking Long Island rosé, there’s a good chance it’s a Wölffer rosé. Winemaker Roman Roth makes a handful of them — including sparkling and dessert wine — and he makes a lot of them. In fact, Wölffer makes more bottles of rosé than many local wineries make of all their wines combined.

But Wölffer and Roth have also just released some new vintages of the winery’s “White Horse” selections,  the ones with the white horses on the labels, which they say “embody the strong heritage and high quality of Wölffer Estate.”

I filed a column (that should be live this weekend) about those releases, but today I want to focus on Wölffer Estate 2015 Fatalis Fatum ($37).


Producer: Wolffer Estate
Region: Long Island AVA
Grapes: 39.5% merlot, 38.5% cabernet sauvignon and 22% ad cabernet franc
Price: $37*

* 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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