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Chardonnay, Doyle Family, 2017

Chardonnay, Doyle Family
Primary aromas and flavors - lemon
Primary Aromas & Flavors
Aromas of melon, lemon and white nectarine.
Sweetness - 15/100
Food & Wine Pairing
This wine is foolproof for everyday dinners, from grilled cheese to Caesar salad.
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Bottle Price: $13
Case Price: $156
Chardonnay, Doyle Family
Bottle Size:
Finger Lakes
92% Chardonnay, 8% Traminette
Harvest Date:
Sept. 27, Oct. 9 and 10, 2017
Harvest Brix:
Bottling Date:
March 6 and 7, 2018
Residual Sugar:
8.6 g/L
4,500 cases
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Awards / Scores - Chardonnay, Doyle Family, 2017

Rated a "Best Buy" and top 100 values by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Tasting Notes For Chardonnay, Doyle Family, 2017
This unoaked Chardonnay displays Fox Run Vineyard's trademark subtle melon, lemon and white nectarine aromas. In the mouth, this wine reveals its cool climate birthplace: the mouthfeel is creamy, but not leaden, due to bright acidity and moderate alcohol. Its fresh and flavor-packed, with no distracting oak flavors.
Vineyard Notes For Chardonnay, Doyle Family, 2017
VINEYARD SITES: Fox Run Vineyards – Block 1 & Doyle Family Vineyard, East side of Seneca Lake - One of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in New York State
VINEYARD SOIL TYPE: Doyle Family Vineyard - mixed glacial till
Block 1 - Planting established in 1984 in clays and silts.
VINEYARD SITE ESTABLISHED: Doyle Family Vineyard - 1960s
Production/Winemaker's Notes For Chardonnay, Doyle Family, 2017
Grapes were picked in the early morning and transported to our crush pad. The fruit was crushed and pressed, settled, racked and inoculated with our favorite yeast strain. Fermentation lasted three weeks, and the wine was then left in contact with its lees for a further six months. Prior to bottling, a small amount on Traminette wine was blended in to add lifted fruit notes and a hint of sweetness.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES: We have been making Chardonnay in the racy, zesty unoaked style since 1990. Stainless steel aged Chardonnays have gained a great deal of attention in recent years because of their inherent food friendliness and mouthwatering, juicy flavors.


Dairy Barn in 1865

Humble Beginings Steeped in History

Fox Run sits high on Torrey Ridge, overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake. With fifty acres of east facing vineyards on glacial soils, the winery produces a remarkable range of limited-production, site-expressive estate wines.

For more than a century Fox Run was a dairy farm. Native grape varieties put the Finger Lakes on the map a century and half ago, and French-American hybrids, bred for cold resistance, still have an important niche in the region. But Osborn is convinced that non-hybrid European Vinifera grapes can yield wine excellent enough to put the Finger Lakes in the ranks of the world’s top fine wine producers.

Dairy Barn in 1984

From Dairy Barn To Winery

The first grapes were planted in 1984 and the Civil War-era dairy barn was converted to a winemaking facility in 1990– three years before Scott Osborn took over the helm. In 1996, farther up the slope a new facility was completed with state-of-the-art capabilities and view of Seneca Lake that is unrivaled. Working closely with winemaker Peter Bell and vineyard manager John Kaiser, the Osborn’s are dedicated to a program of minimal intervention winemaking.

Winery in 1984

A State-Of-The-Art Winery

In 1996, a new wine facility was completed with state-of-the-art capabilities and views of Seneca Lake that remain unrivaled. In 2001, architects Jim Durfee and Scott Hemenway redesigned the original dairy barn, creating a new wine center and tasting room that maintains the original rustic character, while taking further advantage of the dramatic panoramic views of Seneca Lake. The original barrel room remains at the heart of the 2001 design, retaining the dramatic timber frame character and soaring space.

Expansion in 2000


in 2000, Fox Run underwent a major renovation. There was an expansion of the Tasting Room, along with the addition of a gift shop and tasting bar.

Expansion in 2012

Family Owned, Poised for Growth

In 2012, Fox Run Vineyards became exclusively family-owned. Scott and Ruth Osborn, together with Kathleen and Albert Zafonte, Ruth Osborn’s sister and brother in-law are setting the course for an exciting new chapter.

"We are redefining our legacy", says Scott Osborn. "The team is tight here. Our acclaimed senior winemaker, Peter Bell, has overseen 18 estate vintages and John Kaiser, our vineyard manager, began developing the vineyards in 1984 – even before I set eyes on this magnificent property. We are all excited about the future here and our focus will center on the signature wines of the estate."

Fox Run today

Redefining the Legacy

Producing 15,000 cases annually, Fox Run Vineyards plantings include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir.

Current releases include Riesling, Reserve Riesling, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Lemberger and Pinot Noir. Fox Run also produces a Meritage blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc plus a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from estate Chardonnay. There are also several wood-aged fortified wines - including a Tawny and Ruby-style Port. Hedonia – a White Port made entirely from Traminette grapes, was launched recently. A trio of Rieslings: The Geology Series, an expression of place, method and time, was also introduced recently.

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Discover the brilliance of Fox Run Vineyards

The owners, winemakers, and staff of Fox Run Vineyards give an introduction to winery, demonstrating why Fox Runs wines, tastings and tours are some of the most sought-after experiences in the Finger Lakes.