Rosé season is kicking in to high gear now and there is plenty of pink wine coming out of the east end long island wineries to keep the thirsty satisfied.
Most of the wineries do a pretty good job of making a drinkable version.
One afternoon I drove out for another tasting.
Shinn Estate Vineyards 2000 Oregon Road, Mattituck
Winery using biodynamic wine practices, featuring a wine library with a barrel room view. They also have a B & B on property.
100% Merlot. Medium cherry red, crushed red cherry on the nose, red cherry and some funk on the medium body with moderate acids.
Lieb Cellars 13050 Oregon Road, Cuthchogue
The rustic tasting room is in a quiet spot off the main road. Established in 1992, they make estate grown “small production reserve wines”. They also own a local custom crush winemaking facility.
2018 Bridge Lane Rosé
Mostly Cabernet Franc. Medium copper in color, fresh honeydew on the nose, clean melon notes on the fruit, moderate to low acids, very drinkable.
Paumanok Vineyards 1074 Main Road, Aquebogue
The first winery you run into on the main road wine trail. Established in 1983 and the first winery to grow a Chenin Blanc.
2018 Dry Rosé
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Orange-copper in color, dried herbs and funky melon on the nose with some of those funky notes coming through on the fruit, nice balance of acids.