Back in early September I took a trip to Florida to help a friend out with some wine issues. In the process of touring wine shops, we wandered into one that happened to sell Wölffer Estate wines. I was incredibly excited, as my friend Lenn in Long Island tends to really enjoy their wines. You can’t find them in Ohio or Kentucky, so I was shocked to find these wines in Florida.
While Long Island – actually, the Hamptons – may not be local to me, Wölffer Estate is still a small production winery. I appreciate that. On Thursday night, with Kevin out of town, I popped open the 2003 Rosé. Poor Kevin. This will be gone before he gets home.
I’m all about thinking pink and I’m pretty convinced that rosé gets a bad rap. Kevin shies away from it and a lot of people assume that syrupy sweet white zinfandel is the same as a rosé. Actually, there’s a world of difference.
When I pulled the cork on the Wölffer Estate Rosé, my nose was instantly filled with the scent of roses. I hate to type that, as it seems rather trite, but it’s true. Immediately following the roses, I caught a whiff of grapefruit and other citrus.
On the palate, I was completely content. This rosé is dry, but exceedingly well balanced. There is a little bit of creaminess on the finish. I can’t find the information about the blend that when into this vintage, but I’m betting on some pinot noir and a little bit of chardonnay. The citrus carries through from the nose to the tongue, providing a refreshing and happily acidic experience.
I’m glad I grabbed this bottle when I saw it. It’s not often that I run into these wines. It definitely gets a full happy face from me.
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