Wölffer Estate’s Summer in a Bottle has become a hot-hot-hot commodity in the Hamptons. But now that rosé has given way to more complex sippers, the South Fork vineyard has uncorked a bevy of imbibers that are—at least unofficially—fall in a tasting glass.
Classic White 2016
Not all fall days involve a chill and this white table wine, a blend of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling, is an optimal transitional sipper. It pours bright yellow in color has vibrant, fresh aromas with hints of fresh cut grass. The mouth-feel is delicate and finish cleansing, making it food-friendly. Pair with oysters, white meats and soft-rind cheeses.
Diosa Late-Harvest 2014
This iced wine is a sweet treat on a crisp fall day. It displays loads of golden, ripe grape characters and is bursting with the fruity flavors of honey, peaches, dried apricots and a hint of mint. Want to save it for a special occasion? Go ahead—it has what it takes to last at least 50 years, according to winemaker Roman Roth. When ready to open, opt for something equally indulgent like foie gras or let it stand on its own.
Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider
Just like wearing white after Labor Day is no longer a faux pas, it’s now completely acceptable to say yes to rosé come fall. This Wölffer Estate cider puts a fall twist on the summertime classic. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and crisp. That, coupled with a nice CO2 mousse, makes it pleasant and playful. Because this cider is slightly effervescent, it’s best sipped alongside picnic foods like grilled pork, salads and cheeses.
Cabernet Franc 2014
Because this dark red wine has a full-mouth feel that isn’t too heavy, it pairs unexpectedly well with flavorful fish like bluefish or salmon. Pizzas and rich pasta dishes are also good choices. The wine boasts notes of fruit like cherry, ripe plums and blueberry. Taste toasted oak and dark chocolate on the long and elegant finish.
Fatalism Fatum 2014
As cool air sets in, this dark red—almost black—wine makes for a perfect warm-me-up. There are aromas of ripe sweet currants, sandalwood and smoked herbs and a lush and intense mouth-feel with dark fruit notes. The finish is long and complex with layers of oak and ripe tannins. Rich red meats like lamb and stinky cheeses can stand up to this wine’s bold flavor.