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Wine Recommendation

Channing Daughters Winery

2004 "Clones"
(Hamptons Long Island)

What I like best about Channing Daughters Winery is how they experiment with varietals, blends and yeasts, often using natural yeasts for their chardonnays. Their 2004 "Clones" bottling is one such experimental blend.

Composed of 90% chardonnay (11 clones of it: 75, 76, 78, 95, 96, Pisacano, 15, 17, 5, 4 and musque) with 5% pinot noir, 1.5% semillon, 1.7% aligote and 1.8% gewurztraminer, this is probably the most unique blended white on the East Coast. The grapes were hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and bottled by gravity. All of the varieties were pressed and fermented together, using five barrels (two new Slovenian oak barrels, one one-year-old barrel and two stainless steel barrels.) The wine in the new Slovenian oak was fermented on its own naturally occurring wild yeast.

Eyes: Light-to-medium gold

Nose: Complex with apples, pears, peaches, baking spices and faint floral notes

Tongue: This is a fairly full-bodied white that could use a touch more acid for my liking (keep in mind that flabby chards are my least favorite wines). It's nicely fruity with crisp pear and stone fruit giving way to tropical flavors as the wine warms a little in the glass.

Price: $29

Reviewed November 1, 2005 by Lenn Thompson.


The Wine

Winery: Channing Daughters Winery
Vintage: 2004
Wine: "Clones"
Appellation: Hamptons Long Island
Grapes: Chardonnay (90%), Pinot Noir (5%), Semillon (2%), Aligote (2%), Gewurztraminer (2%)

Review Date: 11/1/2005

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.