Producer: Unionville Vineyards
Region: New Jersey
Vineyard: Amwell Ridge & Pheasant Hill (Estate)
Blend: 100% pinot noir
Winemaking Notes: 18 months in neutral French oak 
BV: 13%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Unionville Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve

Unionville Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve

87 points

Very spice forward, the nose is reminiscent of cherry cola and cinnamon with smokey black tea and some macerated cherry skin.

The silky-fresh palate is similarly spice dominated. Cherries and cherry cola are sprinkled with cinnamon, clove, and allspice – to the point that the wine is perhaps lacking a bit of fruit overall. Still, the spice and earthy undertones are quite nice and almost savory.

There is a little tannin at the edges, but the structure here is provided by acidity.

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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