Sunday, April 22, 2012
Lenz is Still One of the Best Wineries on the East Coast
2008 Old Vines Chardonnay - According to the notes, the Old Vines style is "intended to emphasize fruit intensity, balance and elegance." Fry only usesvery limited barrel fermentation and oak-aging tends to be 'neutral,'" meaning they only use older barrels that leave less of an oak fingerprint on the wine. Big, bright flavors of apple and pear come through as promised, and something more along the line of fig or dates also comes through. This is a apectacular chardonnay. Beautiful and elegant.
2005 Cuvée is a traditional Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine made from 100% Pinot Noir. A big nose of yeast and apple and a whiff os something tropical is delicious. This 2005 Cuvée offer bright white cherries with hints of apple and a touch of lime and kiwi. This wine has big flavor, great acidity, and tremendous refreshing dfinish. Brilliant!
1999 Cuvée RD - If you can believe it, this is a new release! Lenz is releasing 60-70 cases of aged sparkling...a program they have established. Fantastic. Huge kudos just for that. The French refer to Champagnes made using this 'late-finishing' process as 'RD', or Récemment dégorgé (recently disgorged). This was incredible experience. This 1999 Cuvee' was more subtle. There was a nuttiness, or an earthiness around it. Something more developed and softer. There was apple, and pear, and honey, more delicate than the 2005. It was golden and soft, more wine than fruit, but an elixir hard to describe. Lots of layering flavors, Extremely complex. This is a fixed taste. If you like aged, vintage wines, you will absolutely love this wine!
2007 Cab Fran/Malbec was a big chewy red. Lots of bold fruit up front, cherries, raspberries, with nice acidity and well balanced tannins. Dark rich color. A fun, delicious wine.
2002 Old Vines Merlot - This unfiltered Old Vines Merlot is made from grapes grown in Lenz's oldest blocks, planted more than 30 years ago. Dark-fruit characters of black plums, black cherries and raspberries come through as promised. This is an excellent European-styled wine. Great structure. Great acidity, good tannins, nice long lasting fruit on the palate. And exquisite wine.
The thing about Lenz is that everything they put out is quality. It's incredible. A joy to taste and expereince. Fantastic! Still one of the best wineries on the east coast.