Sunday, April 7, 2013

Macari Early Wine Chardonnay 2012

Not being a big fan of Chardonnay, I was shocked at how much I loved this "young wine" from Macari Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island. Macari's Austrian consultant Winemaker, Helmut Gangl made the call to try to mimic this traditional Austrian style. And it works. Ready to drink only 3 months after harvest, to me it's more like a cross between a Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc, bright and crisp.

Clear and light straw colors in the glass, with fresh fruity aromas of pear and marzipan, while the palate gives way to green apple skins, citrus and ripe pear.  High in acidity and low in alcohol (11.4%), this worked beautifully with a mushroom risotto (I also used the wine in the risotto).

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