Drink Local: 5 New York Rosés to Sip Now
Rosé has been hot for a couple of years now, and New York winemakers have jumped on the bandwagon.
Recently, I had the opportunity to taste 16 different New York rosés blind — each wine was sampled without knowing the producer or varietal — first alongside a handful of other wine writers, then later, alone. Consistently, these five wines stood out:
Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot Noir Dry Rosé
Coming out of the Finger Lakes, this wine is actually saignée style, or, as the winery began making a red wine, some juice was bled off after limited contact with the skins to make a rosé.
In the glass, the wine is a pale pink and offers up white peaches, white raspberry, and some salmonberry. The palate offers more white raspberry, some honeydew melon, a moderate amount of acid and a nice, crisp mouth-feel.
$15, Wine & Spirits Discount Warehouse in New Rochelle
Paumanok Dry Rosé
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot in the glass, the wine borders on an almost orange color — a pale salmon pink. On the nose, it's slightly floral and full of white peach, cantaloupe, and cranberry. The palate is dry, full of stone fruit — think fresh white peaches and salmon berries — backed by nice acidity for a wine with a medium body and dry finish.
$18.99; Upon request at local wine stores
Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé
This Rosé of Cabernet Franc from Cayuga Lake, in the Finger Lakes, offers a nose of peach and cantaloupe, white cherries as well as a hint of herbs — but it’s the palate that really surprises. It’s a bit roundish and has a lovely mouth-feel, while there’s a fair amount of juicy fruit here, there’s also a bit of a floral note and enough acid to keep the wine nicely in check.
$17.99, Rye Brook Wine and Spirits
Wölffer Estate Rosé
Of the three different Wölffer rosés, this one offers the best balance and restraint. The wine is such a pale pink that it almost looks golden. The nose is seriously peachy, with a bit of nectarine and lots of lychee. On the palate, the wine has a bit of angularity, which is rounded out by white floral notes, white peach, pear, and more lychee.
$18.99, Zachys Wine & Liquor in Scarsdale
Glenora Dry Rosé
Wine this color I expect to be cloying and sweet. The color is Day-Glo candy red, with a tinge of pink. Tavel may get away with rosés the color of a jolly rancher melting in the sun, but few others are so lucky. And yet the Glenora surprises. While the nose is candied and full of raspberry and tart cherry, the palate has enough acidity, plus a bit of a savory note to balance out nicely balance white cherries and raspberry. It’s remarkably quaffable and, best of all, it travels well. Stick this wine in a bucket of ice and serve it ice cold at will.
Dry Rosé is $14.99. Unfortunately it isn’t available in Westchester currently, however it is available online on Glenora’s website
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