wölffer estate achieves impossible, bottles summer
2015 Wölffer Estate "Summer in a Bottle" Long Island Rosé ($24) | New York, USA
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).
- average brix at harvest: 21.0
- titratable acidity: 5.0 g/L
- pH: 3.4
- alcohol by volume: 12.5%
- residual sugar: 0.1%
- drinkability: ⬆ crowd-pleaser
- presentation: ⬆ is that dolce & gabbana?
- geek factor: ⬇ it's a post-fermentation blend