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March 2004
In Eastern Long Island, a Touch of the Old World
Where Fields Grew Potatoes, Sophistication Flourishes
by Howard G. Goldberg
Eyebrows rose last year when the Wölffer Estate announced Long Island's--and New York State's--first $100 wine, a 2000 Merlot. The Island's 30-odd producers wondered: Is this chutzpah? Why is this price warranted? Is it good for the local industry?Except for Wölffer's promotional and library bottles, all 1,200 bottles sold out. By October 2003, when Wölffer announced a $125 price for the 2001 edition of this deluxe unfiltered wine, called Premier Cru, the cost seemed less abnormal. Perhaps it is...
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