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Benmarl Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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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Region: USA » New York » Hudson Valley

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Winery: Benmarl Winery
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Benmarl Winery:
Wine has become very important to Americans. We are becoming a country of mealtime wine consumers, and characteristically doing it in great gulps instead of sips. Moreover, we are drinking increasing amounts of wine grown in our own native soils as well as (and frequently in preference to) wines originating in famous old-world regions. This acceptance of our own wines is quite a recent developm... Read more
Wine has become very important to Americans. We are becoming a country of mealtime wine consumers, and characteristically doing it in great gulps instead of sips. Moreover, we are drinking increasing amounts of wine grown in our own native soils as well as (and frequently in preference to) wines originating in famous old-world regions. This acceptance of our own wines is quite a recent development. It has come about only through the efforts of a few American winelovers who are determined to demonstrate that fine winemaking, both as an art and as a business is well within the capability of our nation's climate, soils, and talents. . . Hundreds of stories could and will be told of the difficulties and rewards experienced by these dedicated people during this accomplishment. One such story concerns the Miller family who began wine growing as a hobby, saw it become a kind of privately sustained research station and eventually become what friends have described as "more a crusade than a business". It began appropriately on a vineyard in the Hudson River valley, the oldest wine district in the United States. Wine has been made from the grapes of this region since the 17th century when the French Hugenots grew vines and made wine in nearby New Paltz. U.P. Hedrick, author of the Grapes of New York, called the Hudson region "the birthplace of American viticulture" citing a planting in 1827 at Croton Point as the nation's earliest commercially successful vineyard. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Benmarl Reserve Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,025
4.00 5
03/20/2012

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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