By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief

Wolffer_09roseTo many summer Hamptons weekend residents, local wine means Wolffer Estate rose. They make a lot of it (6,600 cases) and it sells out often before demand has subsided.

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

RS: .1%

TA: 7.0 g/l

pH: 3.30
Case Production: 6,600
Rating: 86

(Ratings Guide)