Lincoln Peak Vineyard 2016 Marquette Nouveau

90 points

Unoaked and released early. Sunny, high-toned red cherry and cherry skin aromas are accented by hints of blueberry and woodsy spice on a nose that bursts with freshness.

Punchy and just as fresh on a juicy, medium-light bodied palate. Flavors of just-crushed cherries and blueberries and more of that subtle spiciness, which turns a bit exotic on the end of a surprisingly long finish. This wine makes the case for extremely judicious use of oak with the variety -- and maybe not oaking it at all.

This vintage is sold out, but keep an eye out for the 2017.

Producer: Lincoln Peak Vineyard
AVA: Vermont
ABV: 13%
Price: $13 (sold out)

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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