Saturday, September 6, 2014

Chateau Grand Traverse Old Mission Peninsula Pinot Grigio, 2012

The more Michigan wines I drink, the more impressed I become by the wines from Old Mission Peninsula, that sliver of land that juts out from Traverse City into Lake Michigan. Vineyards on old Mission produce excellent Rieslings but also very good Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are two names for the same grape, of course, and I would have labeled this one Pinot Gris because of its fuller body. It does, however, have some of the herbal element that characterizes some northern Italian Pinot Grigios. Medium light yellow. Green pears, herbs, flowers. Smells rich, and it is. Plush mouth feel, but also fine mineral and fruit acidity. Easy to drink now, and it should get better after a few years in the bottle.

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