2011 Chateau Grand Traverse Whole Cluster Riesling
Chateau Grand Traverse, located on Old Mission Peninsula, is the oldest and largest winery in northern Michigan. Founded by Edward O’Keefe in 1974, Chateau Grand Traverse was the first winery to introduce Vinifera grapes to northern Michigan. Thanks to the moderating effects of Grand Traverse Bay, the winery has proven that northern Michigan is a prime location for growing cool-climate varieties such as Riesling. In addition to Riesling, Chateau Grand Traverse produces Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Gewurztraminer.
The 2011 Whole Cluster Riesling is made by gently pressing handpicked grape clusters “whole” without any mechanical de-stemming or crushing. The result is minimal skin contact with the juice and reduced bitterness. The 2011 Whole Cluster Riesling is medium-bodied, plump, rich and slightly sweet with mouth-watering apple, pear and floral aromas and flavors. It’s not going to impress the acid heads or those looking for petrol notes, but it will surely be a hit with almost everyone else who tries it. Unfortunately, Chateau Grand Traverse doesn’t provide the ability to order online. Instead, the winery provides a phone number, 800-283-0247, for direct shipment purchases.