anthony-nappa-2013-chardonnayAnthony Nappa Wines 2013 “Sciardonne” Chardonnay ($20) straddles the line between typical no-oak chardonnay and barrel fermented styles. Though it doesn’t see a splinter of oak, it’s still full-bodied and concentrated with fruity aromas of mandarin orange and peach backed by notes of pineapple, dried flowers and a bit of butter.

Full-bodied and mouth-filling, the palate shows excellent balance with enough acid to keep it from tasting heavy or tiring and a nice little saline note on the end of a medium-long finish.

Producer: Anthony Nappa Wines
North Fork of Long Island
Harvest Date(s): October 5, 2013
Vineyard Source: McCullough Vineyards (Jamesport, NY)
ABV: 13.9%
RS: <.1 g/L
TA: 7.8 g/L
pH: 3.64
Oak Program: None
Production: 270 cases
Price: $20 (sample)

(3.5 out of 5 | Very Good, Recommended to Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)