Rooftop Reds Chardonnay NV: $24 Good+

Rooftop Reds plans to make wine from grapevines planted atop a building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Until that happens, the winery is producing its product in the Finger Lakes.  This wine was made by Point of the Bluff Vineyards.  Unoaked, with tart fruit flavors, it is a good food wine, but not what I think of as Chardonnay.  It is also expensive for this level of quality.

The Rooftop Reds (New York) Chardonnay NV $24 [Good+] is medium lemon in color.  Light aromas of apple, lemon candy and gooseberry are tart and accented by a slate-y mineral note.  The nose becomes more “mineral” with air.  Light to medium bodied, medium dry, with a tart (almost sour) core, balance is good.  Solid flavors of tart green apple, lemon drop candy, gooseberry and slate-y earthy notes are satisfying, if not what one generally expects from Chardonnay.  The finish is quite tart, nearly sour, with a smack of the lips and good length.  August 2015

Note:  According to the winemaker, the grapes for this wine were sourced from the Finger Lakes in 2014, even though it sports the “New York” appellation and bears no vintage date.  For more about the Rooftop Reds Winery see 12 Questions for Devin Shomaker.


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