Yesterday I wrote about a $20 chardonnay that I just wasn’t into from Lenz Winery. Today, I’m going to tell you about another chardonnay that they just released that shows much more balance, elegance and overall quality.
And, it’s only $5 more.
Yes, I think you’ll do well to upgrade to the Lenz 2005
“Old Vines” Chardonnay ($25), one of Long Island’s better
values in barrel-fermented chardonnay.
It’s debatable whether or not
any vines on Long Island qualify as old — I think these vines are still less than 30 years old — but that’s a discussion for a different time.
The barrel influence is more understated here than in the Gold Label, bringing spice,
fig and vanilla nuances to ripe pear and apple aromas. The palate is well
balanced, with pear, apple and citrus flavors accented by just a little
golden raisin and fig.
Medium-bodied and with a understatedly creamy mouthfeel,
the acidity is very nice here, unlike many other 2005 chardonnays I’ve had. The finish lingers nicely too.
This white paired exceptionally
well with the turkey pot pie Nena made with Thanksgiving leftovers last weekend.
Producer: Lenz Winery
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
(3 out of 5 | Recommended)