Producer: Montezuma Winery
Region: New York
Vineyard(s): 36% gruner veltliner, 29% cabernet franc, 19% traminette, 16% blaufrankisch
ABV: 11.7%
RS: 7.5 g/L
TA: 6.75 g/L
pH: 3.6
Price: $15*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Montezuma Winery 2019 "Hope" Dry Rosé

87 points

You might think that the combination of grapes is a bit weird (okay, it is) but it works. The nose is fresh and bright with Ruby Red grapefruit, rose petal, and a little lychee and cherry.

Lighter bodied, the palate is similar fresh with citrusy acidity and flavors that bounce between ripe citrus and fresh flowers. There are shadows of red berries here too, but it's much more citrus-driven with delicate rose and lavender background flavors.

Unique to be sure, but also fun.

Note: A portion of the proceeds from sales of this wine will be donated to the Hope for Heather organization towards funding for ovarian cancer awareness, research, and local support. Find out more at

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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