Freedom Run Winery 2015 "Blood Moon" Chardonnay

88 points

100% Chardonnay growing in the Nana Jean Vineyard behind the winery. Silt-loam over limestone soils with 10% slope down toward Lake Ontario. Fermented in two new French oak barrels and remained in oak until March 2016. Stored in stainless until bottling in September 2016.

Flinty nose with layers of lightly toasted marshmallows and a beam of pure, ripe pear fruit. Medium bodied and deftly balanced, the palate shows nice pear and apple fruit qualities accented by similar subtle toated marshmallow flavors. Juicy acidity slices through a nice bit of concentration on the mid-palate, stretching out the finish.

Producer: Freedom Run Winery
AVA: Niagara Escarpment
Vineyard Source: Nana Jean Vineyard (estate)
Harvest Date: September 27, 2015 (yes, under a blood moon)
Brix: 21.5
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
ABV: 13%
TA: 8.2 g/L
pH: 3.0
Price: $20

* Review sample provided by the winery

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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