Laurellake_chardreserve2002I know. I know. This obviously isn’t my white pinot for Wine Blogging Wednesday #10. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m a bit backed up on my tasting note posting, including these notes on a pretty nice chardonnay from Laurel Lake Vineyards in Laurel, NY.

In the past, I’ve found Laurel Lake Vineyards’ wines to be hit and miss…partially because I’ve gotten more than a couple corked bottles from them. But, this wine is a clear exception.

Eyes: Light gold with medium legs

Nose: When cold (right out of the fridge), it has a delicate nose of citrus and toasty vanilla. As it warmed, however, the vanilla aromas really swelled and were joined by tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya.

Tongue: This wine is full bodied and offers a nice balance of fruit and toasted oak, which lends the delicious vanilla character. The finish is nice and fruity with hints of sweet spice.

Price: $16

Lenn’s Grade:
Nena’s Grade: A

Overall: A nice wine and a good value. For me, a little acidity and/or mineral character could have really pushed this wine into the "great value" category, but Nena really started to love it as the night wore on. Drink it with salmon or roasted chicken.