2009 Red Hook Winery, Jamesport Vineyard Chardonnay, North Fork

Press and Tasting Notes

Just off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean is the Jamesport Vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island, New York. There Robert Foley is setting the standard for East Coast wines. Displaying Burgundian style acidity with hints of steely minerality, the golden Chardonnay displays a nutty finish and soft buttery profile. Perfect for toasting away the w ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured August 23, 2010

THE REVIEW

Robert Foley is creating more than just a "buzz" on the North Fork of Long Island, New York, a buzz well deserving of hype.
    Known for his famous California Cabs (such as Pride, Foley Claret, and Hourglass), his inaugural Chardonnay from New York is sure to gain the same cult-like following.
    New York wines, in particular Long Island wines, are becoming more and more popular each year. With a desire to raise the bar and put New York wines on the map, Foley has made his vision a reality with the 2008 Red Hook Chardonnay.
    Just off the Atlantic on the Long Island Sound is the Jamesport Vineyard. Unlike sun drenched California, the North Fork of Long Island experiences cold nights and moderate summers that resemble the shaley terroir of Burgundy. From this, Foley achieves Burgundian-style acidity with hints of steely minerality. And for all you Cali Chard aficionados, Foley didn't forget you. Get this, the 2008 Red Hook Chardonny is aged in used Kongsgaard barrels giving it a rich, golden color yielding a soft buttery profile with a unique nutty finish. Though Burgundy has long been considered the benchmark standard of expressing terroir, his Chardonnay has successfully produced some real competition!
    Perfect for toasting away the waning days of Summer, enjoy the Red Hook Chardonnay with grilled salmon in a caper-butter sauce or with Maine lobster tails. Enjoy!Read More »

Varietal

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world.  The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California.  The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant w ... Read More »