Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wolffer Premier Cru a Hit In DC Examiner!

WOLLFER ESTATE 2001 PREMIER CRU got a great review in the Washington (DC) Examiner, sharing the spotlight with some of the world’s most famous ultra premium wines like Opus One, Silver Oak Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon, Phelps Insignia, and Penfolds Grange. At $125 per bottle, the Long Island wine is New York ’s priciest, though in the same ballpark as the others reviewed, and clearly worth it judging by wine critic Keith St. Clair’s notes: “This was the best wine I’ve never heard of …one of the best merlots I’ve had in a long time…loaded with smoky, spicy dark fruits, plus chocolate notes…wonderful balance and a very long finish…Outstanding.” Unfortunately, it’s also sold out, but the 2002 version is available. The review resulted from Wolffer’s participation in the “Grand Cru” showcase at the Washington Wine Expo, made possible by our friends and partners at the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.

Grapes for Premier Cru come from the steepest slope in Wölffer’s vineyard, insuring good drainage and water run-off as well as good air circulation. Ocean breezes protect the plants from winter kill and also provide cooling in summer, making the Hamptons the last region in New York State to get frost. This gives the grapes the long hang time (beginning of November) necessary for achieving balance of ripeness and acidity.

Winemaker Tasting Notes:Dark red brick in color. Loads of ripe fruit with hints of toffee and dark chocolate aromas. The mouth-feel is concentrated with peeks of ripe mark (skin) characters, toasty oak, layers of tannins and well balanced acidity. The structure is tight and made for longevity. The seemingly endless finish is vibrant and spicy with wonderful warmth and classic mineral nuances.