By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief
It's made in a consistently dry, crisp style — perfect for the beach or your nearest pool party — and is always a blend of red and white grapes (rather than all-red or saignee). In many ways, it is a Long Island classic. We drink quite a bit of it every summer too, even though we are anything but Hamptons types.
The Wolffer Estate 2009 Rose ($17) was made using 46% merlot, 33% chardonnay, 12% cabernet sauvignon and 9% cabernet franc, and it's true to winemaker Roman Roth's preferred style at Wolffer.
Strawberries, peach and a grapefruit mingle on a fruity, fresh nose and the medium-bodied palate brings the same fruitiness with intense strawberry flavors with more subdued peach, citrus and kiwi character.
Bright, thirst-quenching acidity plays nicely off of the slightly creamy mid-palate. It really is easy to see why they sell through so much of it every year.
Producer: Wolffer Estate Vineyards
TA: 7.0 g/l
Case Production: 6,600