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Wine Recommendation

Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2004 La Ferme Martin Chardonnay  (Hamptons Long Island)

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

2004 La Ferme Martin Chardonnay
(Hamptons Long Island)

Long Island wine's "sweet spot" in terms of price-for-quality tends to be in the $20+ realm. Unfortunately, that turns a lot of neophyte wine drinkers off, but one of my favorite wines for less than $15 has long been Wolffer's simple-but-tasty La Ferme Martin Chardonnay ($14). My first bottle from the newly released 2004 vintage was slightly corked and seemed a bit heavy on the oak. It left me wondering if one of my favorite summer "house" wines had lost its decidedly East Coast style?

It was clearly just a single bottle anomaly. Opening a second (and then third) bottle a few days later, my fears were allayed. The nose was fresh with ripe pears and citrus with only a sprinkling of oak inflection. Refreshingly light but ripe, this is a fruit-driven summer sipper with abundant pear and apple flavors accented by a squeeze of lime. For $13.50, this is a great pool –- or ocean-side –- wine that offers nicely balanced fruit and acidity. It also went nicely with parmesan-sweet pea risotto cakes fresh from my own kitchen.

Reviewed July 18, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Wolffer Estate Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: La Ferme Martin Chardonnay
Appellation: Hamptons Long Island
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $13.50

Review Date: 7/18/2006

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.