This past Sunday afternoon I took a drive out to the wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. It was a beautiful day with moderate temperatures and no humidity, the perfect day to be at a winery sitting on the deck with a glass of wine in hand while looking at a sea of vines with a blue sky above.
Chardonnays are the star of the whites out on the island and my focus this afternoon was to sample Chardonnay that had saw some oak treatment to it whether during fermentation or aging. .
2013 Laurel Lake Vineyards Chardonnay “Reserve” (North Fork) 3165 Main Road, Laurel, NY
Estate bottled and 100% fermented and aged in oak. Old school Chard, gold in color, honey-peach on the nose, spicy cinnamon and mouth filling buttery fruit, oak notes throughout the finish.
2014 Bedell Cellars Chardonnay (North Fork) 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY
Barrel fermented and steel aged, yellow with greenish tints, lemon-lime custard on the nose, medium fruit with clean, tart lime notes on the finish.
2012 Lieb Cellars “No Label” Chardonnay (North Fork) 13050 Oregon Road, Cutchogue, NY
Only available at the tasting room, partially barrel fermented, yellow with greenish tints, bubblegum and tropical fruits on the nose, mango notes followed by toast on the fruit with firm acids on the finish.