Top 8 Finger Lakes Chardonnays
Recently, we have been purchasing a lot of Chardonnay from the Finger Lakes wine region. My husband and I started visiting the Finger Lakes wineries regularly about five years ago. At that time I discovered that all Rieslings were not sweet, and was pleasantly impressed by the wonderful spice of Lemberger/Blaufränkisch. I normally avoided Chardonnays because I expected them to be similar to the buttery, oaky California Chardonnays that I do not like. Last year, my husband and I opened-up a little more and started to try the Finger Lakes Chardonnays, and were pleasantly surprised to find that they had a striking similarity to French White Burgundies. In particular, many resemble Chablis, with crisp citrus, lemon-lime, and green apple flavors, which I love. The price points for the quality are also great, with most of my favorites averaging around $15.00 per bottle.
Top 8 Finger Lakes Chardonnays I have enjoyed over my past few visits, by location.
Eastside of Seneca Lake
2014 Unoaked Chardonnay - $14.99
Gold Metal 2016 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Citrus fruit, green apple and lemon
2014 Chardonnay - $16.00
100% estate grown and 150 cases produced - Light oak, but no butter and a lot of lemon.
Westside of Seneca Lake
2014 Chardonnay - $18.50
Partially aged in Hungarian Oak, but not oaky, or buttery.
Light citrus, yellow apple, and a soft mineral finish
2014 Unoaked Chardonnay - $16.99
Citrus, lemon and strawberry
Westside of Cayuga Lake
2014 Chardonnay - $13.95
Double Gold & Best in Class – 16’ International Eastern
Gold Metal – 15’ Long Beach Grand Cru
Crisp green apple notes with a light oak finish
2014 Chardonnay - $14.00
20% oak, 70% stainless – pineapple and citrus flavors
Eastside of Keuka Lake
2014 Unoaked Chardonnay - $17.99
Crisp with a lime finish
Westside of Keuka Lake
2014 Ingle Vineyard Chardonnay unoaked - $17.99
Lots of lime
This list is just a small subset of the great Chardonnays that can be found in this region. These wines are ones I have personally had the pleasure of trying.