Macari_05earlywineDespite my love of New York wines, I rarely find myself eagerly anticipating a new wine’s release — partially because I don’t always know the release schedules and partially because many wineries only release new wines once the previous vintage sells out. I’m not up on their invetory, so I just don’t know.

Every fall, right around this time, I do find myself clamoring for the new "Early Wine" from Macari Vineyards. I really enjoyed last year’s vintage and it’s a favorite wine in the LENNDEVOURS household within the first few months of its release. The racy acidity seems to fade much beyond that so it loses a lot of it’s charm.

2005, as you’ve no doubt read here, was a tremendous growing season…hot, dry and sunny. And, because 90% of the Island’s white wine grapes were picked before the monsoons, this wine was unaffected by the 17 or so inches that were dumped on local vineyards at harvest time. That ripeness is apparent, but I think may I prefer this wine during less-ideal growing seasons.

The grapes for this bottling were picked on September 22, the finished wine (made 100% from chardonnay in steel tanks) was bottled November 2 and the wine was released November 5. Think of it as Long Island’s white wine rendition of Beaujolais Nouveau…but with some character and without the banana scents/flavors. This is a wine, not a marketing blitz.

Eyes: Super-pale lemon yellow, with a barely perceptible bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass

Ripe, roasted pear, over-ripe apricot and honey dominate with a little lemon zest

less acidity than the 2004, which makes the wine seem sweeter and
slightly off balance. Almost reminds me of a halbtrocken kabinett
riesling. Flavors match the nose, with a slightly lingering finish of

Price: $13

Lenns’ Grade: B-
Nena’s Grade: C+

Comments: Still pretty refreshing, I recommend serving this
wine ice cold to intensify what acidity it has and push the sweetness
back a bit. You know me, I never recommend over-chilling wine, but I
think it’s a good idea here. It’s a good beach/picnic wine and I think
I’m going to take a bottle to Thanksgiving dinner to taste along side
some riesling. Could be interesting.

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