Producer: Unionville Vineyards
Region: New Jersey
Vineyard: Pheasant Hill
Blend: 100% chardonnay
Winemaking Notes: Barrel-fermented. Aged nine months in 100% neutral French oak
Production: 125 cases
* Review sample provided by the winery
Unionville Vineyards 2015 "Pheasant Hill" Chardonnay
Distinct and distinctive, this is East Coast chardonnay at its expressive best, with aromas that range from lemon and grapefruit to yellow apples and apple blossoms, with subtle leesy spiciness and a faint note of something tropical.
Lithe and elegant, the palate is citrusy with green apple flavors and shows nice fruit intensity on the mid-palate, with beautiful chalky acidity that is well-integrated. Nine months in old oak on the lees brings just a little creamy texture before a long finish turns fresh with notes of lees and apple skin.
Located just seven miles from the winery, the Pheasant Hill Vineyard chardonnay block was planted in 1999 on loamy sandstone soils with a south-facing aspect. It's rare that I come upon a single-vineyard chardonnay that is as deserving of the designation.