There’s a lot of buzz surrounding One Woman Wines. For one thing, the wines are excellent. However, what they also have, is a story behind them that we can all relate to. One Woman Wines isn’t a winery hobby of some Wall Street executive or large conglomerate bank firm. One Woman Wines is literally the result of one woman’s passion and her family, that makes it all possible. Claudia Purita, grew up on her family’s farm in Calabria, Italy. It was a farm for growing vegetables, raising small animals and wine grapes. However, even though the groundwork was laid for her to one day become a winemaker, it wasn’t until much later in life that she returned to this passion. A little over ten years ago, the first vines were planted for One Woman Wines, with 2007 being its first vintage.
I had the pleasure of tasting with Claudia’s daughter, Gabriella, at the North Fork tasting room, which resembles a little red school house in the middle of a vineyard. It’s a rustic space with seating for five or six, but for what it lacks in space, it makes up for in character and comfort. Gabriella explained, with much enthusiasm, how her mother works the vineyards, hand pruning and individually inspecting the grapes. It’s no wonder how they capture so much purity in the bottle.
One Woman Wines is certainly a winery to watch. From the highly praised Chardonnay Reserve to the 2007 Gewürztraminer, which totally thrilled me. I believe this winemaking family has much more in store for us.
The Wines2008 One Woman Chardonnay Estate Reserve ($38) - The nose was rich with floral notes, peach and vanilla. It was full-bodied on the palate with sweet pear and hints of oak, yet structured with fresh, balancing acidity. (91 points)
2010 One Woman Sauvignon Blanc ($28) - The nose showed lemon grass, honey dew, flower petals, herbs and wet stone. On the palate, I found citrus fruits and minerals. This was soft yet vibrant giving way to lemon on the finish. (90 points)
2008 One Woman Chardonnay ($30) - The nose showed lemon and citrus fruits with sweet floral notes. On the palate, I found white stone fruits and wisps of herbs with a beautiful fresh structure. The finish was long and fresh with a bit of a waxy note. (89 points)
2007 One Woman Chardonnay ($30) - On the nose, I found floral notes with vanilla toast, almonds, and minerals. On the palate, it was full bodied, with notes of pear, vanilla coming across on the palate and the finish. (87 points)
2010 One Woman Grüner Veltliner ($22) - The nose was very floral with hints of funk, pear and white pepper. This wine was pleasant on the palate with good weight and nice acidity, leading to a bitter yet pleasant finish that showed hints of almond skins. (88 points).
2007 One Woman Gewürztraminer ($25) - The nose was floral with spicy notes, lychee and sweet herbal tea. On the palate, I found white florals and spice, with hints of ginger. The finish went on and on. This wine was highly enjoyable and truly left me with good impression of the potential of Gewürztraminer in Long Island. (91 points)
2008 One Woman Merlot Rosé ($19) - The nose was floral with fresh strawberry and herbs. On the palate, it showed fresh herbal notes and young strawberry fruit. The finish stayed fresh and vibrant through the close. (88 points)
2008 One Woman Merlot ($27) - The nose showed smoky berry, plum, fig, minerals and hints of bell pepper. On the palate, I found focused red fruits with herbs, cedar and a hint of spice. This wine was light on its feet with brisk acidity and an attractive round mouthfeel. It would make for a great food wine, especially through the summer months. (90 points)