wölffer estate achieves impossible, bottles summer

wölffer estate achieves impossible, bottles summer

2015 Wölffer Estate "Summer in a Bottle" Long Island Rosé ($24)   |   New York, USA

Are you ready for summer? Wölffer Estate is. Since the tragic Hamptons rosé shortage of 2014, this Long Island winery has been keeping the elite (and the hangers-on) in pink.

The wine that's dressed like it's at a garden party is "Summer in a Bottle" ($24), a Merlot-based blend with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer. The lots were vinified separately, which means that finished wines were blended together to make the cuvée. Mon dieu! In France, where finished red and white wines are never blended (except in the case of Champagne), this would not be OK. 

But hey—three months sur lie and a balanced alcohol level of 12.5% make this a very pleasant, perky, pineapple-y wine. There's also a basic rosé ($18) that's clambake-salty, and the creamy, luxe “Grandioso” ($29) . Plus an onion-skin-toned sparkling rosé ($40), and yet another rosé grown and vinified way down in Mendoza, Argentina, called "Finca" ($10).

technical data:

  • average brix at harvest: 21.0 
  • titratable acidity: 5.0 g/L 
  • pH: 3.4
  • alcohol by volume: 12.5% 
  • residual sugar: 0.1%

scores:    

  • drinkability: ⬆ crowd-pleaser
  • presentation: ⬆ is that dolce & gabbana?
  • geek factor: ⬇ it's a post-fermentation blend
two dope queens prefer rosé and billy joel to soft skin

two dope queens prefer rosé and billy joel to soft skin