Monday, December 21, 2009

Chateau Grand Traverse 2008 Whole Cluster Riesling (Michigan)

This is my second, and last, bottle of this wine that I bought this summer while touring the northern part of Michigan State and its wineries (The review of first bottle can be found here). It has been almost exactly 6 months since I tried this wine at home and I would have to say it is even nicer now then it was back in June, juicier, more refined and perfectly integrated. The nose starts off lemony then it develops nice pear and peach pit aromas. Looking over my previous review I see a notation about minerality, and while it is there it has become more subtle and the sweet smell of pear has really taken over. The palate is lovely and well rounded; while the previous bottle may have been a little angular this one has really come into its own and has settled down nicely. There's lots of Bosc pear, a nice mineral seam throughout and great acidity; there's kind of a dichtomy here, where the sweetness is fighting with the tartness for supremacy over your mouth and together they make something lively, crisp and juicy. The medium length finish makes sure you don't soon forget the battle, and also look forward to them fighting it out again on the next sip.

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