Roanoke Vineyards 2016 "Rhyme & Meter" Chardonnay

86 points

The best Long Island Chardonnay shows ripe fruit qualities, with a creamy texture on the mid-palate, maybe just a little vanilla or nutty character and fresh, balancing acidity on the finish -- and this is a fine example, minus some of the richness you might want.

It starts with lemony aromas backed by green melon and just a little vanilla and nutty spice. Like many 2016 whites, there isn’t a ton of heft or concentration here, but a core of citrusy fruit is nicely accented with spice and jasmine notes and the use of older oak barrels brings a bit of roundness on the palate rather than overly woody notes.

I drank it with a simple roast chicken, but it would be just as satisfying as the weather warms and you’re looking for a brisk accompaniment to spring fare.

Producer: Roanoke Vineyards
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
 North Fork of Long Island AVA
ABV: 13%
Price: $30

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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