New York State White Wines

5 delicious selections from the Hudson Valley perfect for Spring


White wines tend to be more forgiving than red wines. The worst a winemaker can extract from an unripe white wine is high acid and lean, citrussy flavors. Unripe red wines run the gamut from vegetal to downright dirty flavors.

With this in mind, it should not be surprising to see an emerging region excel with white wines before their reds really start to rock. New York State’s Hudson Valley region has already established their bona fides in this regard, though it seems no one was paying attention!

It’s time to take a look at what’s going on in the Hudson Valley, the reds are attractive but some of the whites are ready to take on the world!

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2011 Millbrook Tocai Friulano Proprietor’s Special Reserve 12%

Nicely aromatic with notes of tree bark, herb and a hint of minty spice accenting the pear and white peach fruit. A lot of trapped CO2 here lends this a bit of a spritz on the palate. Nice, fairly rich feel in the mouth, this has classic bitter apple, pear, almond and subtle herb flavors. The acid is bright but well integrated lending this a large yet clear impression in the mouth. Delicious pear and bitter herb stem flavors on the finish end with a spark of earthy minerality. Wow, this is really good. 91pts

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2010 Whitecliff Vineyard Hudson River Region Chardonnay 12%

Nicely gentle on the nose with a subtle complexity married to fine freshness. Notes of apple, apple skin, orange, herb and lime great the nose with support from a very gentle shading of oak. This is very bright in the mouth. It explodes in lightweight vibrancy with big acids that stretch out the apple, herb and slightly earthy flavors on the palate before showering fresh citrus fruits on the moderately long finish. Perhaps not terribly complex, this is succulent, balanced and just terrific. 91pts

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2010 Benmarl Reserve Chardonnay 13%

Nutty and slightly oak-driven on the nose but there is a very nice, sweet peach undercurrent to the aromatics. This is a touch sweet upfront but super acids roll in, snapping this to attention with finely focused apple, apricot and faintly orange rind toned flavors. The oak is very well integrated, adding a touch of roundness and a slightly creamy edge while contributing some spice on the back end. The finish is a bit short, nutty and more oak-driven than the palate, with more creamy orange rind flavors. This is really lovely, fresh, bright and crisp with fine balance. Very nicely done. 90pts

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2010 Millbrook Proprietor’s Special Reserve Chardonnay Hudson river region 13%

Rather oaky on the nose with slightly dried dark fruits and melon, peach and citrus pith aromas. A little milky and vanilla accented as well. This is pretty well rounded on entry, though it is rich and very finely balanced. There’s fine ripe fruit here. Peach, orange and vanilla flavors are all underpinned by a nice base of wood spice. Creamy and smooth, this shows fine length and a certain elegance though the sweetness from the wood and vanilla imprint are quite pronounced. 89pts

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2010 Tousey Chardonnay 12%

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, creamy with lime and hints of guava and papaya, accented with some allspice oak tones. Tense in the mouth, this is rather focused and very well defined with lime and pineapple flavors covering a touch of wood sweetness and a topped with a hint of oak. The palate is a bit more straightforward than the nose though air does draw out some tropical fruit. The finish is a bit grippy and brief with a nice refreshing wash of acid followed by some creamy pineapple notes. 87pts

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  • Over the past three years I've been exploring wines from states other than California, Oregon and Washington so I enjoyed these two articles on NY State red and white wines. Would it be possible to: 1) provide some information on where these wines can be bought as well as their costs? 2) offer similar articles on wines from less familiar states like Virginia, Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachussetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Idaho, etc? Thanks!

    Mar 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

  • Snooth User: danodonn
    517257 10

    Long Island.... we get no respect!

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:06 PM

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