Since my column next week focuses on Long Island rosés, I’ve been tasting (and, yes, drinking) a lot of them recently.
It used to be easy to get my hands on all of them. However, rosé — particularly dry rosé — is having its day and nearly every Long Island winery makes it. Some even have several different rosés yearly.
One of my favorites has been Macari Vineyards 2015 Rosé, made from 42 percent merlot, 27 percent cabernet franc, 11 percent pinot noir, 10 percent pinot meunier and 10 percent chardonnay.
What I might like best is that it’s $19, which is somewhat rare for rosé these days.
Bright and fruity, this wine offers exactly what I want from a rosé in the summer. The nose starts with red fruit aromas — mostly strawberries — with a little citrus and watermelon beneath.
Clean, fresh and delicious, the palate is dry but has a nice bit of fruit concentration on the mid-palate — think cranberries and strawberries — that leads the way for a citrusy finish delivering plenty of appetite-whetting acidity and just the vaguest hint of salinity.
This is a versatile rosé that will be as welcome and at home with lighter summer fare as it will be at the beach or by the pool. It’s straightforward and satisfying without being boring — exactly what I want in a dry rosé.
The Macari Vineyards 2015 Rosé sells for $19 at the winery’s tasting rooms in Mattituck and Cutchogue.