Two Wölffer wines make Wine Advocate critic’s ‘Best of 2016’ list

Roman Roth, winemaker, and partner at Wölffer Estate Vineyard inside Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Roman Roth, winemaker and partner at Wölffer Estate Vineyards. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Two Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2013 reds have been named to a ‘Best of 2016’ list by a critic at one of the wine world’s most influential publications.

Mark Squires of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates chose the Sagaponack vineyard’s 2013 Fatalis Fatum as one of the East Coast’s best wines and the winery’s 2013 Caya Cabernet Franc as a 2016 best value. The list included selections from the East Coast, Portugal, Greece and Israel/Lebanon.

“I’m sure every reviewer finds these limited selections really hard to make because there are SO many options,” Squires wrote. “So, sometimes (not always), I pick things to make a point or spotlight a winery or region … Either way, these all have something special.”

Squires had rated both wines 93 out 100 points earlier this year. He also rated Wölffer Estate’s 2013 Christian’s Cuvée Merlot a 94 “Plus.”

And in October, a Wölffer Estate Vineyard wine received a rating of 94 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

“2016 has become a banner year for Wölffer Estate receiving some of the highest accolades that a winery can only dream of,” said winemaker and partner Roman Roth. “This is just absolutely amazing  — out of the hundreds of thousands of wines and wineries in the world, we are receiving such wonderful recognition and praise.”

The 2013 vintage is considered to be one of Long Island’s greats, Squires noted. He gave high praise to the Fatalis Fatum, a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and a touch of petit verdot, in a review in June.

“Soft and lush, not quite the harder-edged wine I have seen in other vintages, this is a seductive blend,” Squires wrote. “I seem to be using that descriptor a lot with the winery’s 2013s, but my redundancy is fully justified.”