Coffee Pot Cellars is the personal label of Osprey Dominion‘s winemaker Adam Suprenant. Adam has made wine at Osprey’s Dominion for over a decade. He has been itching to make his own under his own name for some time and starting with 2008, everything fell into place.
Adam does not own a vineyard, which is something that you see from some wine makers on the North Fork; think Jim Waters, Anthony Nappa, Erik Bilka and John Leo to name some. With his years of working on the North Fork, he has built relationships with various growers. These relationships that he has built are going into the bottles that Adam calls Coffee Pot Cellars.
The name Coffee Pot Cellars gets it’s inspiration from something many have seen and is very much a part of the North Fork. Entering the North Fork via ferry at Orient Point, you will notice the lighthouse. It is a Coffee Pot Light House, hence the name. It does not matter if you begin or end your travel on the north fork, Coffee Pot Light House is there.
Adam has 4 wines now in his portfolio. Coffee Pot Cellars 2010 Chardonnay ($16) is one that kept me coming back to the glass.
Made with grapes from Sam McCullough Vineyard in Aquebogue. ( He also gets his Merlot grapes from there as well) This Chardonnay shows the 2010 vintage well. Ripe, fresh fruit with hints of long hot growing season. It’s fermented in neutral oak barrels and did not go through Malo-lactic fermentation.
On the nose I was picking up hints of Apple, lemon, lemon curd and orange zest. There was some hints of brioche, apple skin and tropical. The brioche and yeasty notes were as a result of the ageing of the wine on the yeast used to ferment the wine, also know as sur lies ageing.
The palate brought more apple and lemon notes with more tropical flavors and a hint of white pepper spice.
The wine showed bright and clean and the acidity was crisp and refreshing. It did show some of it’s 13% abv, but mostly as it came to room temperature.