Wölffer Estate 2017 Trebbiano

88 points

Trebbiano — also known as Ugni Blanc — is one of the most-planted grape varieties in the world, but you don’t see much of it on the East Coast. Wölffer Estate planted some in 2010 and has been making wine from it for several years now. It tends to be a little neutral — fruity and fresh, but not much else — but Wolffer winemaker Roman Roth has had good success with it by blending other varieties into it.

By blending 76% Trebbiano with 17.5% riesling and 6.5% chardonnay, the result is a fruit forward wine that is destined to be enjoyed by the pool or the waterfront.

The nose is peachy and floral with less overt notes of lime and fresh-cut hay that really come out as the wine warms a bit out of the fridge. The medium-bodied palate is even more peachy — both in flavor and in its fleshy texture — and features bright acidity that slices through subtle weight. Again, as the wine warms it changes a bit, becoming a bit tropical with a lemon-lime finish.

I’m not prone to these types of tasting notes, but this is a wine that tastes like liquid sunshine.

Producer: Wolffer Estate
Region: Long Island AVA
Blend: 76% Trebbiano Toscano, 17.5% Riesling and 6.5% Chardonnay
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $24*

* 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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