Early Mountain Vineyards 2015 "Quaker Run" Chardonnay

91 points

A new benchmark example of Chardonnay from the Commonwealth. Complex and intricate aromas that open with succulent tropical fruits before moving into yellow apple, coconut, lime, vanilla and green tea. Mouth-filling and concentrated, the palate shows similar layers of pineapple, apple, mango, vanilla and lime zest.

What makes this a true standout is its beautiful texture. At once rich, lively, opulent and gritty with juicy acidity, this is a beautiful example of East Coast Chardonnay that makes me re-think my disdain for domestic Chardonnay.

Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Grapes: Chardonnay
ABV: 13.4%
Price: $38

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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