I blew my top a bit about an hour ago. I had saved two half-bottles of wine that some friends brought to dinner on Friday that I wanted to blog about. But apparently my cleaning lady either threw them out or drank them!
Anyway, Mike Figgis, the British film director, and his girlfriend, pianist Rosey Chan, came for dinner on Friday night, and Rosey brought a couple of half-bottles to serve me blind. “I want to see what you think about these wines, James,” she said with a wicked smile.
She pulled two half-bottles from her handbag. I rolled my eyes in the back of my head. “Here we go again,” I thought to myself. But she’s a wonderful person and a great pianist. So what the hell?
She poured the wines in different glasses as we were talking at my kitchen table in Tuscany. The reds were a little warm. The first wine I said was probably a Bordeaux, mostly Merlot, and it was very good quality. I would probably rate it in the high 80s. The second wine was better, with a beautiful violet and currant aroma with hints of freshly cut wood and vanilla bean. It was full-bodied and very balanced with ultrafine tannins. I thought it was outstanding. And I thought it was a super Tuscan made mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon.
She had a beautiful smile on her face. She knew she had me. “These are wines from Long Island,” she said. “They are from the Wölffer Estate where I was playing a concert a few weeks ago.”
I was impressed, especially with the Cabernet Sauvignon, which I believe was the Wölffer Estate Vineyard Cassango 2005. The first wine was the pure Merlot from the Grapes of Roth, which comes from the winemaker at Wölffer, Roman Roth. I think it was 2003, but honestly, I can’t remember. And as I said, the half-bottles are long gone!
Regardless, I must say that I was impressed with the wines. They were very European in style with fine tannin structure, ripe fruit but fresh acidity. It seems that Long Island is really coming of age. I would love to know your thoughts about the region.