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Wolffer Estate is one of the better-known and recognized brands in Long Island wine. Their standard dry rose is nearly ubiquitous in the warmer months (not to mention their barrel-aged rose and the new “Summer in a Bottle” bottling). Winemaker Roman Roth is also making some of the best merlot-based blends and cabernet franc on the island. What doesn’t get nearly enough attention is the sparkling wine program at Wolffer — including Wolffer Estate 2010 Noblesse Oblige Extra Brut Rose Sparkling ($40). Made from pinot noir and chardonnay, it offers aromas of fresh apple and apple skin with hints of red berries. Though not aggressively effervescent, the palate is dry, fresh and balanced — with apple, red berry and floral notes, well-incorporated acidity and a long, floral-saline finish. This is the kind of sparkling wine that is fruity enough to appeal to a wide array of people but still focused and elegant…

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Even though it was just released in May — 1,530 cases worth — Wolffer Estate 2013 “Summer in a Bottle” Rose ($24) is sold out at the winery.  Yes, you read that correctly. More than 1,500 cases gone in about two months. You still may find it at shops or restaurants, but you can’t get it at the winery anymore. That’s pretty incredible and a problem that many wineries would love to have. Of course it’s not really a problem for Wolffer Estate. Winemaker Roman Roth makes five different roses — three still, one sparkling and one dessert wine — so there is still Wolffer rose to be had. But, if you want to try this unique, fuller-bodied rose, make sure you get some next year. I say unique because, while it’s largely merlot-based at 71%, it’s also 20% gewurztraminer, 8% chardonnay and 1% petit verdot. That gewurz is front and center…

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This past winter was a rough one across much of the northeast, with lots of snow and some of the coldest temperatures in recent years. As my colleague Evan Dawson wrote last month, those temperatures will have a not-insignificant impact on the Finger Lakes wine industry. On Long Island, the damage wasn’t nearly as severe or widespread, but with bud break’s arrival, Long Island growers can now better assess what damage was sustained, if any. Elevation matters, even here where many Long Island are seemingly flat. Little rises and dips matter because the coldest air pools in those low areas — and that’s often where the most damage occurs. Earlier this week, Raphael winemaker Anthony Nappa shared the picture at right from one of the vineyard’s sauvignon blanc blocks. “It’s a low spot. Now we have bud break we can see (the damage). We do have some secondaries (buds) pushing…

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By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor I think I can speak for my fellow editors and contributors when I say that our 2011 Wines of the Year tasting was a fun, challenging and inspiring day of 16 wine tasting flights. I always come away with myriad story ideas swirling in my head after this tasting. This year is no different. Look for pieces from the team over the next few weeks. But today, we announce the winners — including our first-ever New York Wine of the Year, Peconic Bay Winery 2007 Lowerre Family Estate. Our 2011 Regional Wines of the Year are: White Wines Hudson Valley White Wine: Oak Summit Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay Finger Lakes White Wine: Hermann J. Wiemer 2010 Riesling Dry Reserve Long Island White Wine: Paumanok Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Niagara White: Eveningside Vineyards 2010 Reserve Chardonnay Sparkling Wines Finger Lakes Sparkling: Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noir…

By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor It is my personal opinion that there is way too much chardonnay planted on Long Island. I know all the reasons why its there — easy to grow, customer demand, etc. — but chardonnay is never going to be why people visit the region or demand Long Island wines on a restaurant list. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. I will also highlight Long Island chardonnay wines that are delicious, which they can be. Especially when the right clones are grown in the right place and the wine is made by the right winemaker. Take this Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2008 “Perle” Chardonnay ($30) made from Dijon #76 clone grapes grown on a particular rise in their estate vineyard in Sagaponack, of course vinified by the only winemaker Wolffer has ever known, Roman Roth. I’ve walked this particular vineyard with vineyard manager Rich…

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I haven’t tried it (it hasn’t been released yet), but according to Forbes.com, Eric Ripert, well-known chef at Le Bernadin, has a thing for Wolffer Estate’s 2007 Rose. Apparently he’s pairing it with a tartare of black bass made with a tangy olive tapenade, saying that the combination of flavors "made me fall to my knees." It’s almost rose season, folks, one of my favorite times of year. Long Island wineries have really upped the quality of their roses in recent years, leading to some of the most food-friendly wines around. But, most of them are best consumed the same year they are released. Once the acidity starts to fade, they aren’t as versatile and refreshing. I think I’m going to start an annual Local Rose Tasting this spring, once several of the new ones are on the market. We did it a few years ago for a story I…

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Finally! Resident photographer, Ellen Watson, and I have been complaining about Long Island’s lack of snow for some time now…because we wanted some snowy shots of our little spot in Wolffer Estate’s vineyard. This morning, she got the first snow shot: "Blowing, blustery, wet and cold. Big trucks racing by behind me, throwing slush onto my vulnerable Subaru parked on the side of the road……finally some snow and our beloved Wolffer Estate as it looked blanketed in it….9:15 a.m." — Ellen Watson

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It’s been a little while since our resident photographer, Ellen Watson, sent a photo update of our little block of Wolffer Estate chardonnay. We’ve had a lot of dreary weather when Ellen was out that way, and as you can see, we still haven’t had any snow that is sticking long. There is something about vineyards this time of year that I find so appealing. I actually think I find them more attractive now than when they are lush and over-flowing with green and grapes. Maybe it’s the fact that they are sleeping now, preparing to bring us great wines again next year. As always, this picture has been added to our Flickr slideshow.   

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This post is a part of my 12 Long Island Wines for Christmas series that will run from now until Christmas 2007. See the entire series here. Welcome to my 2007 12 Long Island Wines for Christmas, where I share with you the 12 wines that I’m most excited about and consider the some of the best Long Island had to offer in 2007. Today’s wine is Wolffer Estate Vineyards’ 2003 Estate Selection Chardonnay. I’ve written about this wine before, but I was reminded this past weekend of just how much I enjoy it. I served it with the pasta course of our 2nd Annual Long Distance Supper Club Christmas dinner, a fun ravioli that I made by roasting acorn squash, pureeing it with sauteed apple, fresh goat cheese, a little ricotta and baking spices. Several of our guests don’t like barrel fermented chardonnay, but I had a feeling that…