The Grapes of Roth by Wolffer Estate

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The Grapes of Roth Merlot

The Grapes of Roth Merlot“High-toned kirsch and fresh cherry aromas are tinged with intimations of cherry pit, iodine, and graphite, all of which lend dark, faintly bitter complexity to a palate of energetic brightness and pure, perfectly ripe fruit. This finishes with terrific tenacity and mineral-like character.”
David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, April 2010

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The Grapes of Roth Riesling

The Grapes of Roth Dry RieslingImagine... golden ripe fruit, picked with the utmost care where each cluster and berry is selectively chosen. This moment is the key that ensures the purity and quality of The Grapes of Roth Riesling.

This Riesling is a perfect reflection of its origin, the unique vineyards on the East End of Long Island. It is aromatic and elegant yet playful with a prominent mineral character, reflecting wonderful ripe fruit balanced by bright acidity. This Riesling is carefully handcrafted for perfect harmony. It is a labor of love.

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The Grapes of Roth Virgin Berry Dry Riesling

The Grapes of Roth Virgin Berry Dry RieslingSmooth, balanced, concentrated, zippy and with a low alcohol content, 11.1 percent, Mr. Roth’s Virgin Berry Riesling is probably the finest Long Island dry riesling of the more than 150 I have tasted over the years.

Germany is riesling’s homeland. Mr. Roth’s riesling experience may be unequaled in the Island’s wine industry, if only because he was born in Rottweil, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, to parents who were in the wine business. At 16, he decided to become a winemaker, and went on to apprentice for three years at a cooperative in the Kaiserstuhl region of Baden while attending technical school.

As for the name Virgin Berry: during the annual growth cycle of riesling vines, if the vine flowers are not fertilized, they may develop tiny golden seedless grapes of great sweetness and aromatic power, which Germans call jungfern frucht (virgin fruit). Normally, riesling grapes are yellowish green.

To capture these idiosyncratic characteristics, Mr. Roth fermented the seedless grapes with wild yeast.
Howard G. Goldberg, NY Times

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The Grapes of Roth Noble Roth Late Harvest Riesling

The Grapes of Roth Noble Roth Late Harvest RieslingFrom tank, Roth’s dry 2009 Riesling is promising, too, and I do not want to pass up a chance to describe his already-bottled 2009 Riesling Late Harvest, because sweet Riesling is so seldom successful in the New World. Scents and flavors of pear nectar and apple jelly are laced with caramel, cherry stone bitterness, and salt. An oily richness of texture thankfully does not preclude a welcome sense of refreshment, and the sweetness comes off without being cloying. While not profound, this delicious Beerenauslese-like bottling should prove delightfully capable of true dessert wine service over at least the next 6-8 years.
David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, April 2010