2020 Oyster River Morphos ‘Morphos’ Pétillant Naturel Rosé
Region: Maine < USA
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming; hand-harvested, no added SO2; 10% ABV; 200 cases
Winemaker: Brian Smith
Fuzzy, cloudy, raspberry-hued pet’nat of Merlot from Long Island, made in Maine, with zero additives, that looks like a pink snow globe of Christmas on Mars -- need we say more?NEW VINTAGE ALERT! This is 5th vintage we've offered of Brian Smith’s killer rosé Pét’Nat of Merlot from Long Island. Like the white version, this cloudy, fizzy wine is extremely charming, super low in alcohol (10%), and full of life. Brian lets this wine ferment slowly in his naturally cool cellar over several months. His sums up his hands-off ethos: “I believe my role in the winemaking process to be more nature’s assistant than winemaker. We add nothing and take nothing away from the natural chemistry of the fruit.” Made using the ancestral method for bubbly, Morphos is bottled before fermentation is complete, trapping the CO2 that gives it a natural fizz, and the spent yeast, making the raspberry pink hue softly hazy, like the tail end of a sunset with wildfire smoke in the air. Like now. Brutal. But the wine is delicious, dry and savory with a hint of green spice (duh, Merlot). Sort of like watermelon kombucha with the tiniest hit of jalapeño.