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Wine Recommendation

Sherwood House Vineyards 2002 Chardonnay  (North Fork of Long Island)

Sherwood House Vineyards

2002 Chardonnay
(North Fork of Long Island)

From my very first taste of their richly Burgundian 2001 Chardonnay last summer, I’ve been a Sherwood House Vineyards enthusiast. Owners Charles and Barbara Smithen, along with winemaker Gilles Martin (of Martha Clara Vineyards), share a devotion to graceful, Old World-style wines that really comes through in the bottle. And, it doesn't get more bucolic and rustic than their tiny little tasting room hidden amongst their vines.

Sherwood House 2002 Chardonnay ($20) is a striking light gold in the glass. The nose is a bit less intense than the 2001 but features similar aromas that are slightly fruitier — pear, sweet toasty oak and citrus.

Medium-to-full bodied, the texture is somewhat creamy with nicely balanced flavors of pear, toasty marshmallows and oak nuance. A touch more acidity would push this wine even further, but this is an extremely stylish Chardonnay that certainly carries on Sherwood House’s white Burgundy tradition. Lobster seems the ideal accompaniment.

Reviewed July 1, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

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The Wine

Winery: Sherwood House Vineyards
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $20.00

Review Date: 7/1/2006

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.