2013 Element Finger Lakes New York Chardonnay

SKU #1354826 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sourced from Seneca Lake vines, the 2013 Chardonnay is unoaked and dry. Even at this level, the winery is a bit different—this Chard was held back in bottle for an extra 14 months before release. As a 2013, it is remarkably fresh and seems quite youthful, but it has had time to develop as well. The fine fruit is matched by fine acidity that lifts the concentrated fruit beautifully. The dry finish lingers, with a hint of stones as well as fruit. Very solid for an unoaked FLX white, this is also lively. Overall, it is impressive—my favorite of the winery's submissions this issue. It should continue aging well for several years, at the least, but let's take that in stages. There were just 54 cases produced, along with some large-format bottles. (MS)  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Mature, with an oxidized hint, through there is still tension and freshness to the mix of yellow apple, honeysuckle, salted butter and verbena notes. Flashes of crème fraîche and matchstick on the finish keep this in the idiosyncratic camp. Drink now through 2019. (JM, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "This Chardonnay is a bit deceptive, because for a wine that was entirely fermented and aged in steel, it has the body that comes from barrel ageing. Aromas of pear and lemon mingle with a nutty component. The palate is full-bodied, grippy with saltiness, lemon and hazelnuts."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.

New York

- Grape production is a significant part of this North Eastern state's agricultural economy. New York produces more wine than any other state in the US, with the exception of California. The wine market in New York City is also one of the world's most competitive, and this has inspired the growth of many small, private wineries throughout the state's producing regions (Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, and the Hudson River). Another interesting development is the introduction of an entirely new region along the eastern end of Long Island.
Alcohol Content (%): 12