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The Lenz Winery Chardonnay Old Vines 2005

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Warm days with low humidity and very little rain made the 2005 growing season close to ideal. As a result, the 2005 OV Chardonnay exhibits all the finesse and seamless elegance of the finest white Burgundies. The wine has a broad palate structure, with well-integrated oak. The flavor profile has a classic chardonnay ‘pears-and-apples’ quality. This well-balanced wine is toasty with a long velvety finish. 400 cases

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Winery: Lenz Winery
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Member Reviews for The Lenz Winery Chardonnay Old Vines

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
4.00 5
04/29/2009

Oily and petrol-esque. Rich and smooth on the finish - nice notes of baked red apples. A complex buttery wine.


Snooth User: LennThompson
28312133
2.00 5
11/18/2008

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.The fruit and oak play more equal roles on a lush, fuller-bodied, mouth-filling palate, though. Apples, pears and just a little citrus are joined by more vanilla, a creamy mid-palate and just barely enough acidity to keep it from being flabby.Is it in a California style? Sure, but it’s an above average, well-made version. It's just not the type of chardonnay I'm ever going to reach for with dinner.


Snooth User: LennThompson
28312133
2.00 5
11/24/2008

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.The fruit and oak play more equal roles on a lush, fuller-bodied, mouth-filling palate, though. Apples, pears and just a little citrus are joined by more vanilla, a creamy mid-palate and just barely enough acidity to keep it from being flabby.Is it in a California style? Sure, but it’s an above average, well-made version. It's just not the type of chardonnay I'm ever going to reach for with dinner.


Snooth User: LennThompson
28312133
3.00 5
11/18/2008

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.


External Reviews for The Lenz Winery Chardonnay Old Vines

External Review
Source: Appellation America
04/07/2011

Lenz Winery's winemaker, Eric Fry, has been making wine on Long Island as long as anyone — nearly 30 years. In his time on the North Fork, he's earned a well-deserved reputation as a stickler for traditional methods and traditional wines. His reds have fared well in blind tastings against some of Bordeaux's premier wines. His sparkling wines — and those he makes for other wineries — are perhaps the region's best. And his recently released Lenz 2005 “Old Vines” Chardonnay is one of Long Island’s better values in barrel-fermented Chardonnay — a category that is dominated, even here, by over-oaked, over-priced wines. It’s debatable whether or not any vines on Long Island truly 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 many barrel fermented Chardonnays — including Fry's own Gold Label Chard — coming through as 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 my wife made with Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.



Warm days with low humidity and very little rain made the 2005 growing season close to ideal. As a result, the 2005 OV Chardonnay exhibits all the finesse and seamless elegance of the finest white Burgundies. The wine has a broad palate structure, with well-integrated oak. The flavor profile has a classic chardonnay ‘pears-and-apples’ quality. This well-balanced wine is toasty with a long velvety finish. 400 cases

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