A few weeks ago I read a very nice review on the New York Cork Report about a Long Island dry Rose` made with 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It's only been about three years since I started to appreciate Rose` wine and they have all been 100% Finger Lakes Cab/Franc. This Long Island wine sounded very interesting. Fortunately, Shirley and I had planned a vacation in New York City a few weeks later and this would give me a chance to locate the wine since it's impossible to find here at home.
The color was a darker than ususal in the glass. I believe I had a few Pinot Noir in the past that were about this color. The red cherry and watermelon aromas were very pleasant. Add in a hint of strawberry and raspberry in the mouth with a dry earthy feel and a medium-long finish then just sit back and enjoy. You can also, as noted in the NYCR, close your eyes and you may think this as a red wine. Even more so if you leave some out to warm up for a day. Warm, about 65F, the wine was wonderful. Aromas were more earthy, a little drier taste and the finish was longer and smoother.
I had e-mailed Lenn Thompson after reading his review to ask if he could compare the LI Rose` with those from the Finger Lakes. He answered that it would be comparing apples and oranges. Not the answer I was looking for, but he was absolutely right on. Probably better said as being unfair to compare them. Both are excellent, but much different wines. Wish I had brought more home. You can order,like me, from Shinn Estate Vineyards or 67Wine online store.