Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2012 Chardonnay Estate is an unoaked Chard coming in a 12.6% alcohol. Vibrant, fresh and fruity, this lovely Chardonnay is invigorating, perfectly balanced and very tasty on the fruity finish. It feels youthful and it should continue to show well for the next couple of years. At the price point, it is simply impressive, more for its balance and fruit than concentration and power, though. I would drink it on the younger side and advise caution: wines like this do what they do best, be fresh and exuberant, when they are young.
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Light yellow in color with aromas of pear, ripe apple, and straw. Palate is soft on the front with apple and a fresh minerality, citrus and a long finish.
Wine maker notes
Fresh green apple mingles with delicate white flower on the nose of this 100% steel fermented chardonnay. Zesty lemon-lime flavors are present on the palate with notes of peach and apricot finishing with a bright, clean acidity.
Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Long Island in Mattituck, New York, is owned and operated by the Macari Family. The winery was founded by owners Joseph Macari Sr., his wife, Katherine, and Joseph Macari Jr., who is at the helm of the winery with his wife, Alexandra and their children. The Macari family has owned the 500-acre waterfront estate for over fifty years, though Macari Vineyards was not established until 1995. In June 2009, the Macari family opened a second tasting room located on the Main Road in the town of Cutchogue, adding twenty acres of vines to their vineyard.
The Macaris are careful environmental stewards of the land - what was once potato fields has been transformed to a 200 acre vinegarden with additional fields of compost and fallow farmland. Macari Vineyards is also a home to Texas longhorns, Spanish goats, Sicilian donkeys, horses, ducks and rabbits. Alongside acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viogner, Gruner Veltliner, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier and Syrah, members of the Macari team frequently spot blue herons, red tail hawks, vultures, ospreys, eagles, red foxes and groundhogs. The biodiversity of the Macari family farm provides an extraordinary grape growing environment that yields some of the finest fruit on the East Coast.
Joseph Macari Jr. is considered to be a pioneer in the movement towards natural farming on Long Island through his adoption of biodynamic principals since the vineyard’s first plantings. Extensive soil preparation, a rich composting program, meticulous cover cropping and a passionate respect for wildlife creates a distinctive place for Macari’s 200 acres of vines to thrive.
The Macari family is proud to showcase a collection of world-class wines from the emerging North Fork region.