To the unacquainted, Michigan is not exactly an area that one thinks of when it comes to Wine Making. Which is a shame, because Michigan white wines are some of the best in the Untied States. This in an example of one of those wines. Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2011 Unwooded Chardonnay.
This is a wine with flavors that truly represent to the environment in which they were grown.
Just outside of the Traverse City area of the state lies the Old Mission Peninsula. A large jutting piece of land that goes out into Lake Michigan with crystal blue waters, and scenes more reminiscent of Napa Valley than that of northern Michigan. The road along Old Mission Peninsula leading to the vineyard takes you through rolling orchards that are surrounded to the east and west by the waters of Grand Traverse Bay.
Vineyard after vineyard line the area, one of which is Bowers Harbor Vineyards.
At first taste, you could easily mistake this Chardonnay for a Pinot Gris, or possibly a dry Riesling. This area produces some world-class Riesling as well. It is not heavy on oak or “butter” tones as many of today’s chardonnay seem to be. This wine is very crisp. With balanced flavors of apple and lemon zest. The limestone and slate rich soil in which these vines are grown is very apparent in this as well. There is no “oak monster” or crazy butter overtone on this bottle.
This is a bottle that can be purchased in the Traverse City area of Michigan or on property.
It would pair wonderfully with a crab boil, seared scallops or a grilled white fish.
This wine has many subtle characteristics so be sure not over-chill it, or you will miss out. In a bucket with ice for 15 mins should do the trick.
Contributor: Tony Brueski @thetastespot