AG Pick: Heron Hill Chardonnay 2009

Need a break from overly oaked California Chardonnay? Head across the country to upstate New York for Heron Hill Winery’s elegant and satisfying 2009 unoaked Chardonnay.

Heron Hill has been producing cool-climate Chardonnay and Riesling for more than 30 years in the Finger Lakes region. The vineyards’ location near Keuka Lake helps protect the vines against damaging frost in the early spring and before harvest.

Click here to read my 2009 article on Heron Hill’s Rieslings

The 2009 Chardonnay is made with grapes from two vineyards on the west side of Lake Seneca. It is delicate and refreshing, due in part to the exclusive use of stainless steel during fermentation. The lively flavors of the grapes are allowed to shine, instead of being overpowered by oak.

Very pale straw in color, the Chardonnay has soft aromas of citrus and white flowers. Along with the citrus, stone fruit notes emerge on the palate, with flavors of grapefruit, white peach and apricot. The finish is crisp and clean with a lingering hint of lemon zest.

With a slightly lower alcohol content than other wines, this Chardonnay is great during the hot summer months.

Pair the Heron Hill Chardonnay with chicken, seafood, shellfish or salad, or enjoy it outdoors on a warm day.

The 2009 Heron Hill Chardonnay costs $14 a bottle.

If you can’t find Heron Hill wines in your preferred wine shop, the winery ships to most states via their website.

12% alcohol by volume

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