At its best, unoaked Long Island Chardonnay is fruit-forward without being too fruity with a nice bit of weight that is balanced by fresh acidity and subtle lemony herb qualities. It’s some of the most versatile and food-friendly wine you’ll find locally.

Roasting a chicken with lemon or herbs? It’ll be a delicious pairing. Pan-seared Long Island seafood? Yup, it’ll work great in that application, too. It’s also — because it’s often among a winery’s more affordable offerings — great for a casual mid-week glass or two or for parties where you have many glasses to fill.

And now that Lieb Cellars is putting it’s second label Bridge Lane 2017 Chardonnay in cans too, it seems poised to be a pool, beach or boating favorite as well.

Producer: Lieb Cellars/Bridge Lane Wines
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
 New York State
ABV: 12%
Price: $34 per 4-pack of 375ml cans (also available in bottle, box and keg)

* Review sample provided by the winery

Bridge Lane 2017 Chardonnay

87 points

Bursting with green apple on the nose, you’ll also find aromas of peaches and lemon zest. Medium-bodied with clean, fresh acidity, it’s not the most concentrated Chardonnay around, but it shows nice fruit character — more green apple, peach and citrus — with a faint lemongrass note that is joined by a chalky, earthy minerality on the finish that is refreshingly bone dry.

A lot of canned wine on the market is fairly neutral and/or mediocre. The Bridge Lane stuff is a clear step above. I’d drink this Chardonnay from a can most any spring or summer day. It’s about refreshment rather than refinement.

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. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking 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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