By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor

This is a selection of New York wines that have crossed the NYCR tasting table recently but will not be reviewed as part of a standalone post. As always, these are transcribed almost directly from my notebook with little editing. Note that these were not tasted all in one sitting/flight but instead over the course of several weeks:

Kings Garden Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay ($14): Dried apple, pippin apple and subtle vanilla-oak on the nose. Medium bodied with some oak character — not over the top. Nice, fresh-but-gentle acidity. Fruit tastes sweet. Short finish. Rating: 83

Kings Garden Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay ($12): Simple nose of yellow apple with subtle pear skin. Clean, fresh acidity brings backbone to fresh apple-pear flavors and again some pear skin. Simple but very drinkable. As it warms to room temperature, a little bruised apple comes through. Rating: 82

Kings Garden Vineyards 2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay ($16/375ml): Mealy yellow apple, honey and a little hay on the nose. Almost smells like there's seyval in there. Surprisingly only off-dry with good acidity. Apple-pear flavors but a bit bruised/oxidized. Light herbal quality. Rating: 80

Lakewood Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir ($16): Oaky on the nose with toasty, smoky vanilla and exotic spices (cumin?) over black cherry aromas. Light body. A little woodsy/stemmy with quite a bit of spicy oak. Light red fruit in the background. Medium tannins (oak?). Maybe a little heat on finish. Rating: 80

Lamoreaux Landing 2009 42 North ($15): Muscat-dominated blend. Floral and citrusy with Fruity Pebble fruit and clementine on the nose. Medium body, but light on flavor. Just off-dry and floral with orange peel and more citrus candy character. Short finish. Rating: 82

Lucas Vineyards 2009 Cayuga White ($9): Apple-pear aromas dominate with layers of white flowers and candy coating/confection. Straight forward on the palate with slightly candied, forward apple-pear flavors. 2.75% RS is balanced very well with brisk acid. Easily one of the best Cayugas I've had. Rating: 84

Lucas Vineyards 2009 Dry Rose ($12): Scents of watermelon Jolly Rancher and sweet strawberries. Simple but pleasant palate displays dry, snappy red berry and melon flavors. Short, but very fresh. Rating: 84

Lucas Vineyards 2009 Gewurztraminer ($15): Classic lychee nut aromas with somewhat-controlled rose petals over top of faint pear character. Well balanced with just a touch of that gewurzt bitterness. Lacks intensity of fruit, but a solid effort. Rating: 82

Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay ($15): Roasted tree fruit — apple and pear — with a little pineapple and buttered popcorn on the nose. Less fruity on the palate, with the buttered popcorn more pronounced. Still some nice pineapple, but some raw, slightly bitter, oak too. Rating: 81

Raphael 2008 Cabernet Franc ($24): Dried herbs, strawberry and black cherry skin on the nose with a subtle spiciness. Crunchy red fruit, good acidity and subtle tannins on the palate. Cherry-strawberry flavors accented by black pepper, dried herbs and woodsy spice. Finish is a touch bitter. Rating: 83

Raphael 2008 La Fontana ($28): Beautiful nose of black cherry, blackberry and violet with dried herbs, black pepper and loamy earth. Palate is much more oaky — with noticeable oak tannin — and a little underripe in the fruit department. Long finish, but a bit bitter. Rating: 82

Red Tail Ridge 2008 Lemberger ($20): Fresh red cherries, fennel seed, dried mint and vanilla bean on the nose. Light-to-medium body but just a little heat. Bright, sweet red cherry flavors sprinkled with white pepper and Thai basil. Good acidity but very low tannins. Pepper character swells on day two. Rating: 86