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Wine Recommendation

Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Franc (Hamptons Long Island)

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

2004 Cabernet Franc
(Hamptons Long Island)

Wolffer Estate, one of two quality-focused producers in the Hamptons, focuses mainly on two varieties: Merlot and Chardonnay. They make no fewer than four different bottlings of each - including Long Island's most expensive wine, the Premier Cru Merlot, which retails for $125, and a succulent, lively late harvest Chardonnay.

Some of those wines are good for everyday drinking. Some are stunningly delicious and complex. But still, who can live on only Merlot and Chardonnay? I know that I can't and, as you probably know, I'm a big fan of Long Island Cabernet Franc. Wolffer's winemaker, Roman Roth, makes a Cab Franc too - just over 600 cases of it - and it's among my favorite wines in the portfolio.

Wolffer Estates’ 2004 Cabernet Franc ($40) is a blend of 78 percent Cabernet Franc, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 7 percent Merlot and it is definitely the star of their latest round of red releases. Though clearly not priced for everyday consumption, the ripe, blackberry-laced, earthy nose is enchanting, with hints of cedar and violets in the background.

The palate is just as ripe with sweet blueberries, blackberries and leather with subtle notes of toffee, caramel and wet earth. Ripe tannins provide well integrated structure and a long, dry finish makes this a real stunner. Again, this isn't a wine I can afford to drink every day, but it's delicious none the less.

Reviewed December 7, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Wolffer Estate Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Hamptons Long Island
Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $35.00

Review Date: 12/7/2007

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.