Producer: William Heritage Winery
Region: Outer Coastal Plain AVA
Grapes: 100% semillon
Winemaking: Unfiltered, no SO2 additions
ABV: 12%
Price: $35*

* Review sample provided by the winery

William Heritage Winery 2019 Pet-Nat Semillon

87 points

The nose is quite yeasty, almost hefeweizen-like with citrus, hay and a little funk that borders on too much, even for a wine of this style.

Beautifully textured and even somewhat weighty, the palate is less yeast and less funky, with bright citrus and apple fruit flavors backed by notes of beeswax and a little over-ripe peach – all with fresh acidity and frothy carbonation.

If you like your sparkling wine pristine, this isn't for you, but if you don't mind something a little different, there's a lot to like here beneath the funkiness.

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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