Wines made from French hybrid grapes are not trendy right now in the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan. But this Soleil Blanc produced by Leelanau pioneer Bernie Rink has a more complete aroma and flavor profile than the majority of Chardonnays and Pinot Grigios now being made on the peninsula. Bernie told me it would age well, and so far I have found each bottle to significantly better than the last.
Medium yellow. Pineapples, peaches and a slight leesy, yeasty quality. Has the body of a Chardonnay, the acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc. Reminds me a lot of Vignoles, probably my favorite French hybrid but now used mainly for sweet and sparkling wines in Leelanau. 2008 was a good vintage on the Leelanau Peninsula, so I have high expectations for the rest of my case.