Every week, I write a "Vintage of the Week" for the Long Island Press lifestyle section. For whatever reason, I hadn't been republishing them here, but thought I'd start doing so when the wine isn't written about in another post.
The Finger Lakes are best known for their world-class rieslings, but with a cool grape growing climate, the region is well suited for other classic varieties, chardonnay included.
This bottling from Fox Run Vineyards — a nice value at $13 — is a nice example of cool climate chardonnay. Rather than being heavy and flabby like many California bottlings, it’s medium-bodied, redolent of apples and pears with just subtle hints of oak character that come through as butterscotch and vanilla cream. A bit more acidity would push this wine to great heights, but it’s still a nice pour.