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Wölffer Chardonnay Late Harvest 2004

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Tasting Notes: The color is very dark red brick. The wine starts with vibrant aromas of violets and cassis, perfectly framed with vanilla and hints of toasted oak. This is ripe Cabernet Franc. The mouth-feel is elegant, medium to full bodied with loads of fruit, red cherry, blueberry and prunes balanced by wonderful layers of tannins that are very typical for Cabernet Franc. The finish is very classic with fine smoke, leather and great minerality going on and on. Technical Notes: 78% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The Cab. Franc was handpicked on the October 29th, the Cab. Sauvignon on November 8th at full ripeness, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and carefully hand sorted over a vibrating sorting table. The fermentation took 14 days with a peak temperature of 87° during which the cap was pumped over 3 times a day every 8hr. The total maceration was 26 days and was pressed of very gentle. The wine stayed for 20 months in French barrels (30% new oak) in which in the first two month MLF was 100% completed. There were a total of five rackings and the wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined on July 13th into 616 cases of 750ml and 59 cases of 375ml bottles. Serving Suggestion: This lush, complex red wine should be served at room temperature (65°) or slightly lower, and is an excellent match for any red meat preparation. It also pairs well with veal or chicken with wine sauce, duck, mushroom dishes and full-flavored cheeses.

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Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
4.00 5
11/18/2008

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.


Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
4.00 5
11/24/2008

A blend of 78% cabernet franc, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 7% 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.


Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
0.00 5
12/10/2008

Fruity nose layered with strawberries, cherries and hints of apricot and grapefruit. Extremely fresh and fruity in the mouth with red berries and citrus, it’s crisp, but doesn’t feature as much acidity as the 2003, giving it a slightly fuller mouthfeel that is almost creamy on the finish.


Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
0.00 5
12/10/2008

Nose that’s lightly floral and filled with ripe peach and apricot aromas. This stone fruit character carries over to palate, with balanced sweetness and superb acidity.


External Reviews for Wölffer Chardonnay Late Harvest

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
06/30/2008

Golden in color with fine strings of beads, showing off the well-integrated bubbles. The wine is loaded with wonderfully clean and classic aromas of fine yeast, almonds, light toast and lots of fruit of ripe pear and apples. The mouth-feel is rich yet elegant with a beautiful mousse, fine roasted nuts and racy acidity. The wine is rich and concentrated with lively acidity making it age-worthy and a fabulous food wine.


External Review
10/16/2008

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.



Tasting Notes: The color is very dark red brick. The wine starts with vibrant aromas of violets and cassis, perfectly framed with vanilla and hints of toasted oak. This is ripe Cabernet Franc. The mouth-feel is elegant, medium to full bodied with loads of fruit, red cherry, blueberry and prunes balanced by wonderful layers of tannins that are very typical for Cabernet Franc. The finish is very classic with fine smoke, leather and great minerality going on and on. Technical Notes: 78% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The Cab. Franc was handpicked on the October 29th, the Cab. Sauvignon on November 8th at full ripeness, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and carefully hand sorted over a vibrating sorting table. The fermentation took 14 days with a peak temperature of 87° during which the cap was pumped over 3 times a day every 8hr. The total maceration was 26 days and was pressed of very gentle. The wine stayed for 20 months in French barrels (30% new oak) in which in the first two month MLF was 100% completed. There were a total of five rackings and the wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined on July 13th into 616 cases of 750ml and 59 cases of 375ml bottles. Serving Suggestion: This lush, complex red wine should be served at room temperature (65°) or slightly lower, and is an excellent match for any red meat preparation. It also pairs well with veal or chicken with wine sauce, duck, mushroom dishes and full-flavored cheeses.

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