Producer: Unionville Vineyards
Region: New Jersey
Blend: 100% chardonnay
Winemaking Notes: Barrel-fermented. Aged nine months in 100% neutral French oak,
* Review sample provided by the winery
Unionville Vineyards 2016 "Home" Chardonnay
My favorite of Unionville's three recently released single-vineyard chardonnay, this wine was made from fruit grown in the winery's original (thus the "Home" moniker) chardonnay block, which is more than 20 years old. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to progress to about 33% completion.
Fresh-cut apples and lemony citrus-zest aromas are backed by a subtle leesy note. Medium-bodied but with a certain litheness, the subtle leesy, butterscotch note is a bit more pronounced on the palate but with plenty of fresh fruit character. Fresh acidity brings plenty of verve and focus and really lengthens the finish beautifully. This is a classy example of East Coast chardonnay.