Some of us drink rosé year round, with or without food and in most any application. But for many of you, rosé is more of a seasonal libation — meaning maybe you only drink it during the warmer spring and summer months.
What most everyone can agree upon, however, is that rosé, and dry rosé in particular, is having its moment in the wine world. It’s everywhere. There has never been more dry rosé available in the market. That’s true locally as well with more being made every year, it seems.
We’re still getting snow, but it is spring, and that means the newest batch of local pink wines — from the 2017 vintage — is starting to be released.
This week’s wine of the week, Wolffer Estate 2017 Estate Rosé ($18) has been out for a month or so now, but in many ways, it’s the wine that started the dry rosé craze locally. Winemaker Roman Roth makes a lot of it (nearly 26,000 cases, a production that dwarfs the total production of many local wineries) and there’s a reason it’s a true Long Island — it’s delicious.
Fruity on the nose with dominant aromas of peaches and cantaloupe, and with more subtle hints of lemon zest and guava, it delivers a bit of white cherry on a brisk, focused palate that is fruity-but-dry with a beautiful vein of acidity running up the middle and a slightly minerally finish that tastes a bit like rainwater smells on a gravel driveway.
Widely available — in the winery’s Sagaponack tasting room and beyond — this wine sells for $18.