Producer: Wolffer Estate
Region: Long Island AVA
Blend: 40% merlot, 22% chardonnay, 12% cabernet sauvignon, 7% gewurztraminer, 6% cabernet franc, 4% pinot meunier, 4% pinot blanc, 3% riesling, 2% sauvignon blanc
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $26*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Wolffer Estate 2019 "Summer in a Bottle" Rose

86 points

This well-packaged, kitchen-sink of a blend rose will sell out before Labor Day (although COVID-19 may slow that) but this year, I prefer the $18 Estate Rose a bit better.

The nose is very pear-forward with layers of peach, passionfruit, rose petals and curry leaf.

A nice little bit of creaminess on the mid-palate is nice and brings some texture to the peach and mango flavors. Subtle herbal and floral qualities bring some complexity. It's by no means flabby, but it's softer due to some residual sugar.

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 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 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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