In the Oct. 15 issue of Wine Spectator, Sherwood House Vineyard’s 2011 Oregon Road Chardonnay was named one of the top 200 “great-value” wines produced in the U.S., receiving 87 points and is the only Long Island wine included in the list of reds and whites for $20 or less.
Barbara Smithen, founder of Sherwood House Vineyards, said in a recent statement that while the price of land and small-scale of most producers on the North Fork of Long Island typically equate to more expensive bottles, she and winemaker Gilles Martin are able to keep costs down on their Oregon Road Chardonnay by fermenting in stainless steel tanks instead of costly French oak barrels. The result, she says, is a “fresh, crisp, fruit-forward, food-friendly Chardonnay that has become our vineyards’ signature wine.”
“As small producer, we’re extremely proud to be included on this list,” Smithen said. “It justifies the steps that we’ve taken to produce wines that are both great and accessible to the everyday consumer who’s simply looking for a nice bottle to drink with dinner or give as a gift.”
Sherwood House also offers a 2007 Oregon Road Merlot that retails for $20.
The 2011 Oregon Road Chardonnay is available for purchase at the tasting house in Jamesport, on their website (see “2011 Unoaked Chardonnay”) and at retail stores and restaurants across Long Island and in New York City. Click here for the full list: http://sherwoodhousevineyards.com/events/?page_id=25
To view the Wine Spectator article, go to: http://www.winespectator.com/magazine/show/id/47253