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.

As long-time reader reminded me this morning (thanks for the note Chris), there were a ton of great roses released this year. Regardless of varietal composition or style, it just seemsedlike Long Island winemakers just did a great job with rose from the 2006 vintage.

In fact, much like choosing a Channing Daughters white the other day, choosing a rose from the plethora of great ones was difficult. So this time around, I’m trusting Nena’s palate. My wife is lover of dry rose and this was far and away her favorite pink drink this year. And, it’s just what I like in rose as well.

Long sold out, Corey Creek’s 2006 Domaine CC Rose ($16) was a relative in a region where some wineries  bargain almost $20 for rose. Perfect for spring and summer sipping, this blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot was a
pretty pale pink and offered plenty of cherry, peach and cherry blossom flavors with fresh, tongue-tingling acidity.

We plowed through nearly case of it this spring and when we discovered it on a wine list at a local restaurant, Nena had more of it there.