Unionville Vineyards 2015 Hunterdon Mistral Rouge

92 points

There is an intriguing meaty savoriness on the nose that combines with aromas of red cherry, cranberry, blueberry, peppery spice, potpourri and just a hint of nutty, toasty oak on a complex nose.

On the palate too, that balance between sweet, ripe fruit and more savory, umami notes is impressive. The spiciness is even more complex here -- some black pepper, but also a root beer-meets-cola quality too, without the sweetness. Juicy acidity dovetails nicely with grippy tannins for structure and mouthfeel.

A candidate for at least short-term cellaring, it evolved -- without fading -- open on my table for several days. The spiciness stepped forward and was joined by a subtle earthiness. If you like complexity without a large oak footprint, this wine is right in your wheelhouse.

One of the top red wine values I've found this year.

Producer: Unionville Vineyards
Region: New Jersey
Vineyard(s): 55% Syrah, 42% Counoise, 3% Viognier
Barrel Program: 22 months in 19% New French Oak
Price: $28*

* 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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