Producer: Unionville Vineyards
Region: New Jersey
Vineyard: Pheasant Hill
Blend: 100% chardonnay
Winemaking Notes: Barrel-fermented. Aged nine months in 100% neutral French oak
Production: 125 cases
ABV: 13.4%
Price: $45*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Unionville Vineyards 2015 "Pheasant Hill" Chardonnay

93 points

Distinct and distinctive, this is East Coast chardonnay at its expressive best, with aromas that range from lemon and grapefruit to yellow apples and apple blossoms, with subtle leesy spiciness and a faint note of something tropical.

Lithe and elegant, the palate is citrusy with green apple flavors and shows nice fruit intensity on the mid-palate, with beautiful chalky acidity that is well-integrated. Nine months in old oak on the lees brings just a little creamy texture before a long finish turns fresh with notes of lees and apple skin.

Located just seven miles from the winery, the Pheasant Hill Vineyard chardonnay block was planted in 1999 on loamy sandstone soils with a south-facing aspect. It's rare that I come upon a single-vineyard chardonnay that is as deserving of the designation.

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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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