I seem to have built up a backlog of chardonnays that need to make their way to the NYCR tasting table. So, over the next couple of weeks, you can expect it to be a focus of reviews — along with some roses, some newly released summer whites and some other wines, of course.

We’ll start the chardonnay parade with this Macari Vineyards 2009 Estate Chardonnay ($19) fermented in stainless steel, but showing some interesting lees characteristics on a nose dominated by juicy pear, pineapple and green tea.

The nutty, slightly yeasty lees quality is  bit more pronounced on the dry, snappy, medium-bodied palate, bringing complexity to a straightforward apple and citrus flavors. Juicy acidity and a faint saline note emerge just as the finish begins, lingering nicely with the addition of lemon pulp.

Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13.1%
Price: $25*


(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)