Wolffer Estate Vineyard2006 Pinot Gris
Wolffer Estate, one of only three wineries located within the Hamptons AVA on Long Island, is best known for Chardonnay, Merlot and its always-popular Rosé. Winemaker Roman Roth uses estate-grown grapes to craft some of the East Coast's best Chardonnays and also makes one of the region's most luxurious wines, the $125 Premier Cru Merlot.
But over the past few vintages, Roth has looked to expand the portfolio a bit. To that end, he has started to hand selected some Pinot Gris grapes from Indian Neck Farm on the North Fork to make Wolffer Estate's 2006 Pinot Gris which is blended with 12% Chardonnay from his own vineyards.
Medium-bodied and quite elegant, this wine is anything but your average Pinot Grigio. In fact, it's a unique-to-Long Island expression of the grape best known for the rich wines of Oregon. Peaches, pears and faint citrus greet the nose with similar flavors on the palate that are joined by blanched almonds, honeydew and gentle acidity. The notion that "if it grows together, it goes together" certainly applies here – this wine is a delightful foil for local seafood. Only 230 cases were produced.
Reviewed July 17, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.
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Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,