Nathan K. Chardonnay 2015: $35 Very Good+

The Nathan K. Chardonnay (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $35 [Very Good+] is the best Chardonnay I’ve tasted from the 2015 vintage.  Not a “knock your socks off” kind of wine, this bottle scores with its svelte mouth feel, beautiful balance, subtlety, and length.  Wax encapsulates this bottle's cork, with good reason.  It should age very well.  Those with cellars might put a bottle away for a few years.  This wine can be sipped, but would be better with some fancy French food,  fish or fowl.

Medium straw colored, there are scents of steel, smoky mineral, ripe apple and Crème Brûlée.  It is a subtle and reserved nose, which has not yet blossomed.  Medium bodied, dry, with a lightly viscous, svelte, and sexy mouth feel, balance is excellent.  Flavors of ripe apple, pineapple, Crème Brûlée, and a touch of white pepper have very good concentration and focus, but need a good deal of time and air to blossom.  Decant this wine or drink it slowly.  The finish is nicely balanced with very good length.  September 2017


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