Roanoke Vineyards 2016 "Rhyme & Meter" Chardonnay
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
Region: North Fork of Long Island AVA