Posts Written OnJuly 09, 2013


Lenn Thompson: Domaine Tempier 2012 Rose Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been drinking as much rose from as many regions as possible — partly because I love the versatility of rose during the summer months, and partly because I want to have a bit more context leading up to the 2012 rose tasting and report I’ll be undertaking very soon. On Sunday, I got to enjoy this rose that frankly I’d probably not pay for at around $40. It was a surprise offered by friends from the Finger Lakes who are vacationing on the East End this week. After tasting it, it’s certainly easy to understand why people would and do spend that kind of money for it. Bright and balanced — it’s velvety and rich, but the acidity is so well integrated, the mouthfeel is one of the real stars — with layers of crunch red fruit,…


This blend of 50% vidal and 50% cayuga (grown on the east side of Seneca Lake) is a great example of what is possible with white hybrid blends. Robibero Family Vineyards 2012 “87 North” ($16) is citrusy on the nose — mainly grapefruit and lemon — with a bit of canary melon and citrus blossom. Fruity and medium-light bodied, the palate is super-fresh with straight forward sweet melon and citrus flavors and spritzy acidity. The finish is a bit abrupt and shows a bit of pithy bitterness, this is a fun summer wine. If it were $13 like it was in the past, it’d be a great value too. Producer: Robibero Family Vineyards AVA: New York (Finger Lakes fruit) Grapes: 50% vidal, 50% cayuga ABV: 12.5% Price: $16* (3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)