#2014rosé: Martha Clara’s Northern Solstice

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Next up in our series on the #2014rose is from Martha Clara Vineyards. Here’s what winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez has to say about it: “The 2014 vintage was great overall and provided beautiful fruit with classic Long Island well balanced acidity. Our Northern Solstice Rose is a blend of mainly merlot with some chardonnay and riesling. The culmination of these varietals provide aromatic interest as well as very interesting flavors on the palate. I would pair this with salads, cold pasta dishes, lobster roll, baked clams, and various chilled seafood salads.”

Here’s one of the great things about rosé, no winemaker makes it the same. Because, as you can see from the grapes Juan lists, is that rosé can be made from any grape, red or white, and you can blend it with any grape you choose. To make rosé from red grapes, the winemaker presses the grapes but then bleeds off the juice before the skins have the chance to color impart any color. The longer the juice is left on the skin, the darker it gets. Merlot is an excellent base for rosé on Long Island; it’s one of our premiere grapes and it is widely planted. And the reason it’s widely planted is because it grows very well here and ripens relatively early for a red grape, which puts it in sync with our climate. One reason there is not a lot of cabernet sauvignon on Long Island is because it takes longer to ripen.

The 2014 Northern Solstice Rose will be released on May 1 and will cost $17 in the tasting room. You can also expect to taste it at the upcoming Brooklyn Uncorked, the Long Island wine event of the year, hosted by sister mag Edible Brooklyn. The event will be on May 28 at 26Bridge in Brooklyn. Early bird tickets for $50 are available until April 28.

Keep us updated on which rosés you’re drinking this summer and remember to tag them #2014rose!

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