2012 was one of the best vintages on Long Island. This vintage of our flagship wine, Christian's Cuvée Merlot, named in honor of founder Christian Wölffer, will be released on Friday, August 14, 2015, and with its handsome new packaging (shown here). Only 2,610 standard 750 ml bottles (just over 200 cases) were made. Futures of this special wine are available now!
Simply click to Christian's Cuvée 2012 in our online shop to reserve your stock and receive it upon release.
About Christian's Cuvée Merlot 2012
The Wölffer White Horse label signifies our top-level reserve wines, the truest representation of our heritage and high quality. Christian’s Cuvee, named for founder Christian Wölffer, is the pinnacle of quality at our estate. The vines from which it is made—our oldest Merlot —receive the ultimate care and attention to detail. No expense is spared in the creation of this Merlot—Long Island’s signature variety—as a wine that can stand with the very best in the world.
96.5% Merlot from our oldest Merlot vines, planted in 1990, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.5% Petit Verdot from Sam McCullough’s North Fork vineyard
As Winemaker Roman Roth says, this is a wine that should be experienced with your eyes closed, not distracted by the demands of the day. Inhale the deep aromas of cranberries, lilac, mushrooms, wet forest floor, sandalwood, vanilla and licorice. Take a sip and savor this wine’s amazing concentration and depth. There is rich ripe fruit at its core: blackberries, ripe black cherries, prunes and figs. Layers of velvet tannins make this wine a powerhouse and, together with notes of licorice, leather, toasted oak and dark chocolate, a classic wine of the highest caliber. The finish is long and tightly woven with wonderful waves of lingering flavor, leaving a lasting impression. This is a wine to lay down for many years.
2012 was the perfect growing season to ripen healthy and intense fruit with wonderful aromatics. Thanks to an early spring and a warm summer, the mature grapes were safely picked by the time Hurricane Sandy blew in, and delivered ripe and lush fruit flavors.
The healthy grapes were carefully hand-picked and -sorted on October 22, 2012, and after additional rigorous sorting on our sorting table, fermented in a 6,000-liter upright French oak tank reserved for our flagship wine. The peak fermentation temperature was 90° F with a total extended maceration of 30 days on the skin. Pump-overs were done meticulously three times a day (every 8 hours) during the peak of fermentation, and the wine was gently pressed and the press-fraction separated. After eight days’ settling, the wine went straight into French oak barriques (60% new), where Malolactic fermentation finished 100%. Extensive blending trials were conducted; the final blend was created in October 2013. The blended wine spent a total of 19 months in French oak and was gently racked a total of four times. The finished wine was bottled on June 24, 2014. Only 2,610 standard (750 ml) bottles and 48 magnum (1.5 L) bottles were produced.
Brix at Harvest 22.2
Alc. by Volum 13.5%
Titrable Acidity 5.2 g/L
Residual Sugar 0 g/L
Serve slightly below room temperature. Pair this special wine with big flavors, such as lamb, steak, aged cheeses and good quality chocolate with a high percentage of cacao. Or enjoy it on its own…with no distractions.
Suggested Retail Price
$100 per bottle