Producer: Unionville Vineyards
Region: New Jersey
Blend: 100% chardonnay
Winemaking Notes: Barrel-fermented. Aged nine months in 100% neutral French oak,
BV: 13%
Price: $36*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Unionville Vineyards 2016 “Home” Chardonnay

Unionville Vineyards 2016 "Home" Chardonnay

90 points

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.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Would you know the ‘sugar’ content in this NJ wine as compared to French or other European counties? My understanding is that Ca. wines have much-added sugars and I was wondering about NJ wines or this one in particular.

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