Producer: Nine-Four Wines
Region: Finger Lakes AVA (New York)
Production: 296 cases
Winemaking: Barrel fermented. Aged in 70% third-use French oak and 30% stainless steel
* Review sample provided by the winery
Nine-Four Wines 2016 Chardonnay
This well-priced chardonnay over-delivers at $22 with nice complexity on a nose that starts with pineapple and Golden Delicious apple but shows layers of blanched almonds and citrus zest.
It leans a bit less fruity and more in the nutty direction on a mouth-filling palate remains light on its feet. More apple and pineapple fruits gain a bit of creamy vanilla on the mid-palate. The finish isn't super long, but it shows a nice bit of gritty pear acidity that is quite nice.