Somehow we had let more than a year elapse before our return to one of our favorite wineries, so we were delighted to come back to One Woman. One of the servers was happy to see us back, as well, remembering that we had come before in the fall! That personal touch is no surprise at this tiny winery, which is very much the work of one woman, Claudia Purita, who, according to her web site, is totally hands on in the vineyard and the winery. Her devotion shows in the wines, which are all well worth seeking out.
Out on the porch, a large group was celebrating what seemed to be one person’s birthday, and had arrived in a huge RV. A friend of the winery serenaded them with his guitar. They had made a reservation, which was fortunate, because the winery is very firm about no groups larger than six without a reservation. Our friend the server urged us to come in the summer, when they have bonfires and movies on Saturday nights. The tasting menu offers various options, and we decided to share four tastes for $10, forgoing tastes of the chardonnays and the rosé.
- 2015 Tribute $26
A blend of all their white grapes—chenin blanc, chardonnay, grüner veltliner, and gewürztraminer—this is a perfect warm weather wine, great for sipping chilled. It has a flowery aroma of honeysuckle and peach, and also has some peach tastes, as well as a lovely minerality.
- 2015 Grüner Veltliner $26
At the moment, they are the only winery on Long Island with this grape, though our server told us that Macari has planted some, so they may be producing a grüner too. It smells fruity, maybe like gooseberries. The taste is mouthwatering, dry, with some mineral and stone. It would be good with a rich chicken dish, like a creamy casserole. It is steel fermented.
- 2015 Gewürztraminer $28
Mmm. Smells so good. Flowers, fruits, vegetables. Delicious! I think this may be the best gewürztraminer on Long Island, dry yet with lots of fruit taste. The server takes pains to point out that it only has 1% residual sugar, since some people think all the fruitiness means it is sweet. We also taste minerals and salt. It would be great to sip, but would also pair well with food. Our other server notes it is perfect for Thanksgiving—so we buy two bottles just in case we have turkey some time soon.
- 2013 Merlot $38
This is aged in new French oak for 18 months, and has the typical cherry flavor of local merlots. Light and dry, with good tannins, this might benefit from further aging.
Reasons to visit: a bunch of excellent wines; an intimate setting off the beaten track; the Tribute, the Grüner Veltliner, the Gewürztraminer. Because we bought two bottles of wine, our tasting was free.