… Macari is one of several rising star wineries in the North Fork, and though somewhat surprising to find this 2009 Chardonnay available on the market while it is still 2009 (we still have four days to go!) it is a fabulous holiday wine to pair with oysters and shellfish.
Opening it blind, it had the crisp high acidity and citrus notes (hello, grapefruit!) of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Try it — or better yet, have friends blind taste it and see if the searing high acidity flavors of lemons, limes, and mandarin orange don’t have them guess an SB.
Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island in Mattituck, is on my list of wineries to visit in 2010. I hope to speak to the winemaker with regard to more technical notes about this wine. Researching the site, I find they are very involved in organic and sustainable farming.
If you can find a bottle on the shelves (only 606 cases produced) it would be a welcome addition to a New Years’ Eve themed party, as this wine personifies the best 2009 has to offer.