Wine of the Day: Unionville Vineyards 2019 Hunterdon Mistral Blanc

Plus: Paul Brady's Northern Wine Odyssey on New York Nouveau Wines

This upcoming release from New Jersey’s Unionville Vineyards is worth seeking out simply because of how unique a blend it is. As with all of the “Hunterdon Mistral” wines (there is a red and a rose too, typically), the idea is Rhone-style blends. Here, the blend is 50% viognier, 25% marsanne, and 25% Roussanne.

Pear and tropical fruits mingle with hints of white tea, white flowers and bee pollen on the nose.

Medium-to-fuller bodied, the palate shows just a bit of the 13.5% abv but it doesn’t distract from quince and pear fruit flavors drizzled with a little honey (though it’s dry). There is the faintest buttery note in the background on a textural, gritty pear mid-palate. Long and honey-tinged, the finish is fresh and dry.

One of the things that I appreciate most about Unionville is that the focus is on neutral oak, rather than new, high-toast oak. It really suits the vineyards that they work with well.

Producer: Unionville Vineyards
AVA: New Jersey
ABV: 13.6%
Grapes: 50% viognier, 15% marsanne, 15% roussanne
Price: $30*
Score: 89

* Review sample provided by the winery

During this week’s episode of Paul Brady’s Northern Wine Odyssey, he discusses New York Nouveau-style wines with Finger Lakes' winemakers Lynne Fahy (Keuka Spring Vineyards) and Nathan Kendell (Nathan K Wines and Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars).

Does the "Nouveau" marketing muscle have a future in New York? This trio thinks it does.

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