This unoaked Chard is a Newport wine for the experienced connoisseur.
No-oak chardonnays originated in Chablis and the international winemaking community actually adopted the name to describe unoaked chard…at least until the French did their thing and demanded that only Chablis Chablis be referred to as Chablis, while the rest of us were left with the less aesthetically pleasing though ultimately more explanatory “unoaked”. Instead of the buttery creamy flavors brought out in the oak-aging process, unoaked chardonnay tastes only of green apple, lemon and sometimes pineapple with a long tingly finish. It’s the naked grape without oak to dress it up, hence Newport Vineyards’ “In The Buff”.
Newport Vineyards was started in 1977 when John and Paul Nunes planted a vineyard on a hill overlooking Rhode Island Sound. Their mission was to produce fine wine as a means of preserving Aquidneck Island’s agricultural lands right smack in the middle of Rhode Island’s viticultural area, the Southeast New England AVA. This microclimate is created by the combination of the warm Gulf Stream waters mixing with the moderating flow of Narragansett Bay. Since the first vines were planted, Newport Vineyard has grown to over 60 acres.
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