Apple and pear fruit aromas are slightly buttery, with gentle hints of citrus blossom beneath.

Weighty and a bit hot on the finish, this chardonnay is fruity — apple, pear and pineapple — with a caramelly-toasty edge. Well balanced acidity matches the ripe, concentrated fruit, but that heat on the finish detracts.

Producer: Scarola Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13%
Price: $18*

(2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very Good)