Producer: Nine-Four Wines
Region: Finger Lakes AVA (New York)
Grapes: 100% chardonnay
Production: 296 cases
Winemaking: Barrel fermented. Aged in 70% third-use French oak and 30% stainless steel
ABV: 13.7%
Price: $22*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Nine-Four Wines 2016 Chardonnay

88 points

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.

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 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 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.

1 Comment

  1. We tried Nine-Four Wines 2016 Chardonnay by accident at the restaurant Stone Cat at the Finger Lakes. My wife asked for a Chardonnay and this is what they brought us. We liked it so much we purchased a case.

    Right now, the only way I think we can purchase it on Long Island is through their website: or going to the Finger Lakes.

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