Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Chateau Grand Traverse 2008 Whole Cluster Riesling (Michigan)
Here is yet another wine I picked up on my 5-day excursion to the Michigan wine region near Traverse City. This one comes from a Peninsula called "Old Mission", which is a small strip of land that stretches into Lake Michigan (actually into Grand Traverse Bay - but that's just splitting hairs). The smell is rich with minerality (wet stone like), lemon with rind intact and green apple. The palate also has wonderfully clean notes from that minerality along with juicy mac apple, lemon rind, nectarine, peach pit (still with fleshy bits attached) and great bracing acidity. Finishing it off is a wonderful medium-long finish.