Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars 2016 Chardonnay

88 points

Golden Delicious apple dominates a nose that also shows hints of sweet vanilla, baking spice, white pepper and a squirt of lemon-lime juice.

Medium bodied, the palate is a bit more tropical with some pineapple flavor joining the sweet apples ones. Creamy mid-palate with nice, gritty pear acidity on the finish. Not super concentrated, but by no means dilute.

This is a well-priced, food-friendly chardonnay that should appeal to a wide range of chardonnay fans.

Producer: Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Region:
 Finger Lakes AVA
Barrel Program: Barrel fermented and neutral oak aged
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $19*

 

* 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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