Sunday, September 18, 2011

Good Harbor Leelanau Chardonnay, 2007

The Good Harbor Leelanau (Michigan) Chardonnay now on the market is the 2008, and I was impressed by both the regular bottling and the special Tribute Chardonnay I tasted at the winery a couple of weeks ago. I found this 2007 on close-out at a local grocery store and thought it was worth a try.

The color is a bright gold, and all indications are that the wine will continue to age well. There are bright fruit smells and flavors and brisk acidity for aging. As with many Leelanau whites, this wine has been left on the lees for an extended period, and the leesy quality dominates the wine at this point. Robust body, creamy texture, lively flavors and a medium long finish. While the 2007 is a decent value at $9.99 (Harding's Markets on South Westnedge in Kalamaoo), I would pay a couple of dollars more for the superior 2008.

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