Buttonwood Grove Unoaked Chardonnay 2014: $17 Good+

Sweet Chardonnay can be off-putting, particularly if sugary fruit is mixed up with flavors of oak and vanilla.  This wine, though perceptibly sweet, is not oaked and is more like Riesling than Chardonnay in character.  Here, a bit of sugar works.

With clean flavors and bright acidity, this bottle will appeal to Riesling lovers.  A refreshing wine, it is a good summertime quaff.

The Buttonwood Grove Winery Unoaked Chardonnay (Finger Lakes, NY) $17 [Good+] is pale lemon in color.  The nose is fresh and fruity, with aromas of ripe apple, white peach, grapefruit, citrus zest and a minor waxy note that whispers “Chardonnay.”  Light to medium bodied, medium dry, with attractive and vibrant acidity, balance is good.  Fresh zesty flavors of applesauce, white peach and grapefruit have a slightly chalky edge and are given a little lift by a saline undercurrent.  The finish is nicely tart, with a little smack of the lips, and good length.  July 2015


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