Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boskydel Leelanau Peninsula Soleil Blanc, 2008

When I tasted and purchased this wine at Boskydel two years ago, Bernie Rink (winemaker/owner) told me to give it at least a year. He was rught. When I tried the 2008 Soleil Blanc a year ago, it had improved significantly. A year later, it is really beginning to sing.

Aromas and flavors are deepening. Pears, flowers, minerals--lots of subtle things going on. Has the freshness and brightness of a Sauvignon Blanc but greater depth. Lively, long finish. This wine is good to go now, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops over the next several years.

Boskydel wines are not very easy to find outside of the Leelanau/Traverse City area. If you're in the area, it's best to go directly to the winery. The experience of tasting with Bernie is worth the trip. But don't go away with just a couple of bottles, as most tourists do. You'll pay $8 or $9 for one bottle but only $65 or $70 for a full case that will allow you to follow a wine that is made the way wine is supposed to be made--to drink now and over the next six or eight years, appreciating the changes that take place as the wine grows.

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