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Wine Recommendation

Lenz Winery 2005

Lenz Winery

2005 "Old Vines" Chardonnay
(North Fork of Long Island)

Lenz Winery's winemaker, Eric Fry, has been making wine on Long Island as long as anyone — nearly 30 years. In his time on the North Fork, he's earned a well-deserved reputation as a stickler for traditional methods and traditional wines. His reds have fared well in blind tastings against some of Bordeaux's premier wines. His sparkling wines — and those he makes for other wineries — are perhaps the region's best.

And his recently released Lenz 2005 “Old Vines” Chardonnay is one of Long Island’s better values in barrel-fermented Chardonnay — a category that is dominated, even here, by over-oaked, over-priced wines. It’s debatable whether or not any vines on Long Island truly qualify as old — I think these vines are still less than 30 years old — but that’s a discussion for a different time.

The barrel influence is more understated here than in many barrel fermented Chardonnays — including Fry's own Gold Label Chard — coming through as spice, fig and vanilla nuances to ripe pear and apple aromas. The palate is well balanced, with pear, apple and citrus flavors accented by just a little golden raisin and fig. Medium-bodied and with a understatedly creamy mouthfeel, the acidity is very nice here, unlike many other 2005 Chardonnays I've had. The finish lingers nicely too.

This white paired exceptionally well with the turkey pot pie my wife made with Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.

Reviewed March 19, 2008 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Lenz Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: "Old Vines" Chardonnay
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $24.99

Review Date: 3/19/2008

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.