Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Early Signs Of Spring: CGT Dry Riesling

Review: 2010 Chateau Grand Traverse Dry Riesling $13

This drum has been beat here before, but overcoming consumers' preconceptions about wines' provenance requires persistent messaging.  To that end...

Get your hands on some Old Mission Peninsula Alsatian whites: Rieslings, Pinot Blancs, and Pinot Gris. 
Get your hands on some Old Mission Peninsula Alsatian whites: Rieslings, Pinot Blancs, and Pinot Gris.
Get your hands on some Old Mission Peninsula Alsatian whites: Rieslings, Pinot Blancs, and Pinot Gris.

Really?  This is northern Michigan?
Okay, so you got the point.  But even as this region gains deserved recognition from writers like Bruce Schoenfeld (Travel + Leisure) and Eric Asimov (New York Times), lifting wine drinkers out of their ruts of routine is an uphill battle.  Still, I'd wager that it'd only take one bottle like this to get your attention.  

Chateau Grand Traverse, the area's largest winery, does a terrific job of encapsulating what this region is capable of.  Quite consistently, too.

(Full disclosure: this wine was received as a press sample.)

I hadn't realized how much of a toll the recent miserable weather had taken until I popped this open.  Every time I've had this wine it's been a pleasure - and this vintage is no exception.  Lifting the fog of winter, the 2010 Dry Riesling offers a glimpse of spring's promise channeled in laser focus.  Balanced, fresh, and voluptuous, there is equal surplus of complexity and plain old drinkability.  Delivering a mouthful of fruit and finishing crisp, glasses are drained quickly.  And at around $13, this represents a flat out stellar value. 

Smart consumers will get off the sidelines and put seek out the whites of the Old Mission Peninsula, this one in particular.

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