Jason's Vineyard2001 Chardonnay
(North Fork of Long Island)
Jason’s Vineyard 2001 Chardonnay ($19) is barrel fermented and aged sur lees for eight months in new French oak, but the oak character isn’t overbearing or overwhelming.
The wine offers an aromatic nose of crisp apples, pears and subtle toasty oak nuances. When over chilled, the palate is a bit sharp, but as the wine warms, this medium-bodied chardonnay begins to unfurl, displaying excellent, controlled balance between fruit, oak influence and acidity. Very Burgundian in style, the finish is lengthy with honey pear flavors that fade slowly over several seconds.
Reviewed September 30, 2005 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,