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Wolffer Estate Diosa Late Harvest (375ML half-bottle) 2012

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    9.9% ABV
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      9.9% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Rich golden in color, this wine imparts aromas that are floral and full of honey, sundried apricots, papayas and hints of limes. It is rich and intense, with ripe peach notes and more honey, giving a lush mouth-feel. But the sweetness is well-balanced by great acidity and minerality. The fantastic concentration and structure gives this wine great aging potential—up to 40 years—and also makes it very food-friendly.

      70% Chardonnay, 13% Gewürztraminer, 12% Vignoles and 5% Trebbiano

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      The 2012 Diosa Late Harvest is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 12% Vignoles, 13% Gewurztraminer and 5% Trebbiano. Tank-fermented, it comes in at 9.9% alcohol with 225 grams per liter of residual sugar. Just super, this accomplishes the feat you most want to see–a beautiful mingling of acidity and all that sugar. Fresh, aromatic and lively, it is a perfect warm-weather finisher that should leave you both refreshed and drooling over its delicious finish. It will age a long time, but of course its character may change. As wines like this oxidize in the cellar, they give up some freshness, but often flesh out and become more distinctive.
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      Wolffer Estate

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      Wolffer Estate, New York
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      Wölffer Estate, an American Winery in the Classic European Tradition in Sagaponack, New York: Here, in the heart of the Hamptons, a collection of quaint villages stretched like a string of pearls on the shores of the Atlantic, is Wölffer Estate, a winery like none other on the east end of Long Island.

      Owned by Hamburg-born Christian Wölffer, the 55-acre winery, located between Southampton to the west and Easthampton to the east, is at once an American winery but with a decidedly European character, both in its spirit and its wines. The winery currently produces 13,000 cases annually.

      Under winemaker and general manager Roman Roth’s meticulous care, Wölffer Estate wines embody the region as well as a classical style of winemaking, with a rich concentration of fruit and lively acidity born of the unique terroir of these Sagaponack vineyards, similar in some respects to conditions in Bordeaux. In fact, it is the condition of the local soil, called Bridgehampton loam, a by-product of the glacial moraine that formed Long Island, that provides a perfect host for grapevines.

      New York

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      Increasingly garnering widespread and well-deserved attention, New York ranks third in wine production in the United States (after California and Washington). Divided into six AVAs—the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River, Long Island, Champlain Valley of New York and the Niagara Escarpment, which crosses over into Michigan as well as Ontario, Canada—the state experiences varied climates, but in general summers are warm and humid while winters are very cold and can carry the risk of frost well into the growing season.

      The Finger Lakes region has long been responsible for some of the country’s finest Riesling, and is gaining traction with elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Experimentation with cold-hardy European varieties is common, and recent years have seen the successful planting of grapes like Grüner Veltliner and Saperavi (from the Eastern European country of Georgia). Long Island, on the other hand, has a more maritime climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and shares some viticultural characteristics with Bordeaux. Accordingly, the best wines here are made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for excellent ice wines, usually made from the hybrid variety, Vidal.

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      Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

      Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

      Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

      Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

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