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Old Brookville Gold Coast Reserve Chardonnay 2001

Chardonnay from New York
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 2001 vintage of Old Brookville Chardonnay, hailing from Nassau County's only vineyard estate, has just been released. To celebrate the official designation of a Long Island appellation announced earlier this year, Old Brookville Chardonnay sports a redesigned label with the designation "Gold Coast Reserve."

    The 2001 Old Brookville Chardonnay is straw gold in color with a nose that is quite aromatic with scents of tropical fruit, peaches and pears. The taste is dry, medium-bodied and elegant with hints of soft oak.

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    Old Brookville

    Old Brookville

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    Old Brookville, New York
    A Long Island, New York vineyard estate only "45 minutes from Broadway" is the home of Old Brookville Chardonnay. It is named for the bucolic village in which the grapes are grown, in the only officially designated vineyard in New York's Nassau County. The vineyard is part of the charmed ambience of manicured lawns and trimmed woods that surround a 60-room Elizabethan manor house, world headquarters of Banfi Vintners, the U.S.' leading wine importer and a major producer of premium varietal wines in Tuscany and Piedmont, Italy.

    New York

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    Increasingly garnering widespread and well-deserved attention, New York ranks third in wine production in the United States (after California and Washington). Divided into six AVAs—the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River, Long Island, Champlain Valley of New York and the Niagara Escarpment, which crosses over into Michigan as well as Ontario, Canada—the state experiences varied climates, but in general summers are warm and humid while winters are very cold and can carry the risk of frost well into the growing season.

    The Finger Lakes region has long been responsible for some of the country’s finest Riesling, and is gaining traction with elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Experimentation with cold-hardy European varieties is common, and recent years have seen the successful planting of grapes like Grüner Veltliner and Saperavi (from the Eastern European country of Georgia). Long Island, on the other hand, has a more maritime climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and shares some viticultural characteristics with Bordeaux. Accordingly, the best wines here are made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for excellent ice wines, usually made from the hybrid variety, Vidal.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

    CGM73239_2001 Item# 58175