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Wine:Osprey's Dominion Vineyards 2005 Vin Gris Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon  (North Fork of Long Island)

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

2005 Vin Gris Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon
(North Fork of Long Island)

My love of local rosé – especially this time of year – isn't news. I'm always ready to introduce non-believers to the delicious versatility that is dry rosé.

But, as with many wines in many regions, there is a seemingly endless array of styles of local rosé on Long Island. You've got your sweet, flabby versions that taste more like Koolaid than anything made with wine grapes. You've got fresh, clean, crisp wines that are just awesome on a hot summer day or with a picnic lunch. And of course there's everything in between too.

This rosé, made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, is a nice example of a drier style but I don't think it's bone dry. There might be some residual sugar here.

Ripe berry flavors come through on the nose, including sweet strawberries, raspberries and just a little bit of cherries. There is an almost-buttery note too that is really interesting – maybe the result of some malolactic fermentation. Fruity and a little more round on the mid-palate than many local bottlings, this rosé is medium bodied and has a similar flavor profile – with the addition of some watermelon and a minty note on the finish.

People have been telling me lately that good, fuller-bodied rosé can stand up to steak. I'm not sure about that, but if any rosé could, this might be the one. For me, it seems best served with spicy-sweet barbecued chicken.

Reviewed June 18, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Vin Gris Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $12.00

Review Date: 6/18/2007

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.