Wagner “Unoaked” Chardonnay 2014: $9 Fair+ to Good

The Wagner “Unoaked” Chardonnay (Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $9 [Fair+ to Good] is an average Finger Lakes Chardonnay with some ripe apple fruit and fair balance.

Pale lemon in color, the aromas are acidic and non-demonstrative, but there is a bit of ripe apple fruit touched by light notes of butter and butterscotch.  Medium bodied and dry, with substantial peppery acidity, the Wagner has a silky texture.  Balance is fair.  Light flavors of ripe apple are accented by butter, butterscotch, and pepper.  There is a deep underlying saline streak too.  The finish is awkward, quite peppery and somewhat bitter, not showing much fruit.  August 2015


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014