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Jamesport Vineyards Chardonnay North Fork Reserve Cox Lane 2005

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Wine Recommendation: Jamesport Vineyards 2005 Reserve Chardonnay History Notes: Jamesport Vineyards is a father-son collaboration that began in 1981 at Early Rising Farm in Cutchogue, making Jamesport Vineyards one of the North Fork's oldest vineyards. 60 acres of pristine vineyards are located here. The high quality of their fruit is what gained Jamesport Vineyards a reputation and caused their fruit to be in high demand from both local and upstate wineries. Jamesport Vineyards is truly an estate winery. Ron Goerler Sr. acquired the 150-year-old barn that houses the winery and tasting room in 1986. Drawing on the great Cutchogue fruit supply as well as the talents of his son, Ron Jr., he started Jamesport Vineyards in 1989. Since then, a lot has changed, both aesthetically and agriculturally. New clones of Cabernet Franc, Dijon Chardonnay and Syrah were selected from California vineyards for planting at the winery locale. Tasting Notes: Only produced in exceptional vintages, The Jamesport Reserve Chardonnay is a direct reflection of the hot 2005 growing season. This wine has complex aromas of orange blossom, pear and sandalwood. Rich flavors of ripe peaches and pears persist and intensify the palate. The long textured finish includes notes of vanilla and crème brulee. Drink with roast chicken, roast pork or flavorful fish dishes. Return to Jamesport Vineyards Wine List

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External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

In simple terms, malolactic fermentation turns the acid that makes green apples tart and turns it into the acid found in milk - resulting in a softer, rounder mouthfeel and different flavors and aromas. Even if you don't know about ML-as wine geeks like to call malo-lactic fermentation-you've probably smelled it in your average glass of Chardonnay. Especially if it's from California..For many years, the round, fuller body of full ML dominated the American Chardonnay scene. Luckily, people are getting sick of those unbalanced, flabby wines and local winemakers are respondly-happily. Les Howard of Jamesport Vineyards is one such winemaker. His new Jamesport Vineyards 2005 Reserve Chardonnay shows how judicious use of oak and ML can lead to a combination of rich flavors and food-friendly acidity. In fact, he says, "I have never liked over-oaked Chardonnay and I believe Long Island Chardonnay should never go through complete malolactic fermentation. It is better with some ML and not too flat or buttery." For this wine 21 percent was fermented in stainless steel and the rest in oak. A medium golden color, the aromas are lightly fruity and are dominated by toasted marshmallows and spice with a little pear and lemon peel in the background. Full bodied - but not heavy - the flavors are complex and layered - citrus, pear, vanilla, butterscotch and burnt sugar mingle nicely. But, by keeping ML from running to completely, Howard has preserved nice acidity on the finish to balance a creamy mid-palate. Think of this wine as slightly California in style, but better because it shows none of the flabbiness and overwhelming butter character.



Wine Recommendation: Jamesport Vineyards 2005 Reserve Chardonnay History Notes: Jamesport Vineyards is a father-son collaboration that began in 1981 at Early Rising Farm in Cutchogue, making Jamesport Vineyards one of the North Fork's oldest vineyards. 60 acres of pristine vineyards are located here. The high quality of their fruit is what gained Jamesport Vineyards a reputation and caused their fruit to be in high demand from both local and upstate wineries. Jamesport Vineyards is truly an estate winery. Ron Goerler Sr. acquired the 150-year-old barn that houses the winery and tasting room in 1986. Drawing on the great Cutchogue fruit supply as well as the talents of his son, Ron Jr., he started Jamesport Vineyards in 1989. Since then, a lot has changed, both aesthetically and agriculturally. New clones of Cabernet Franc, Dijon Chardonnay and Syrah were selected from California vineyards for planting at the winery locale. Tasting Notes: Only produced in exceptional vintages, The Jamesport Reserve Chardonnay is a direct reflection of the hot 2005 growing season. This wine has complex aromas of orange blossom, pear and sandalwood. Rich flavors of ripe peaches and pears persist and intensify the palate. The long textured finish includes notes of vanilla and crème brulee. Drink with roast chicken, roast pork or flavorful fish dishes. Return to Jamesport Vineyards Wine List

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