Posts Written OnNovember 29, 2007

Whisper Vineyards: Suffolk County’s Westernmost Vineyard

Almost a year ago, a few days after Jackson was born, I found myself on Edgewood Avenue in St. James as I was driving back to the hospital. It’s a well-traveled road but not one that I’m on that often. I remember looking to my left and seeing what I immediately recognized as a vineyard. A vineyard that I hadn’t noticed before. With all that was going on, I didn’t really follow up with it. It’s across the street from Borella’s Farmstand and Greenhouses and figured I could call there to get the scoop. I just never did. A new…

WTN: Lenz 2005 Gold Label Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island)

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I’ll tell you about my favorite of the Lenz Winery chardonnays tomorrow, but today let’s focus on one that I didn’t like as much. Actually, I’ve never cared for winemaker Eric Fry’s Gold Label Chardonnay much, and his 2005 release ($20) is no different. It’s definitely made in the California style that is – thankfully – losing popularity among most wine drinkers. It’s medium-dark gold in the glass with a lot of oak on the nose, coming across with toasted marshmallow, sweet oak, and faint caramel aromas. There’s also some roasted apple there, but it’s subservient to the domineering oak.…