Jamesport Vineyards2004 Sauvignon Blanc
(North Fork of Long Island)
Jamesport Vineyards 2005 Sauvignon Blanc ($15) is a diversion from many of its all or primarily steel fermented brethren. The majority of this wine was born in steel, but a more noticeable portion was barrel fermented. Once a strong smell of sulphur faded (the result of perhaps a slightly heavy hand during the winemaking process), green apple, grapefruit and vanilla-earthiness waft up from the glass. Much less citrus-driven, winemaker Les Howard has crafted a melony, appley and slightly tropical rendition of Sauvignon Blanc that still refreshing. Earthy and vanilla-honey notes are noticeable on a lengthy finish.
Reviewed April 11, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,