Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: 100% chardonnay
ABV: 11.2%
Price: $24

Macari Vineyards 2019 “Early Wine” Chardonnay

Macari Vineyards 2019 "Early Wine" Chardonnay

88 points

I say it every year, but you can think of it as Long Island’s version Beaujolais Nouveau — except it’s made with chardonnay, and it's delicious.

Initially inspired by the Austrian jungwein (young wine) of Macari’s consulting winemaker Helmut Gangl’s homeland, Austria — Macari winemaker Kelly Urbanik Koch has made it her own.

Green apple, juicy pear, jasmine tea, lime, and grapefruit aromas lead into a light-bodied, juicy palate that bursts with pear and apple flavors with just a little peachy deliciousness.

There is a subtle sweetness here, but the crisp, juicy acidity provides excellent balance. It’s that balance and its tension between sweetness and nervy freshness that makes it a standout.

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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