Producer: Wolffer Estate
Region: The Hamptons, Long Island AVA
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Wolffer Estate 2017 "Perle" Chardonnay

90 points

Winemaker Roman Roth's premium chardonnay "Perle" is the rare barrel-fermented example that I like just about every vintage – and this 2017 is no exception. It spent eight months on the lees and is made from Dijon clone chardonnay planted in 1993 and 1994.

Aromas of fresh-cut pear and almond cookie are accented by high-toned florals and a faint yeasty lees note.

The palate is broad, with nice fruit concentration, but also focused. Ripe, juicy pear flavors are joined by notes of vanilla and almond paste. The oak footprint is deftly integrated here and a nice bit of fresh acidity keeps everything tight and in line. This is a classic.

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.

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