Maker: Chateau Grant Traverse, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Region: Old Mission AVA, Michigan, USA (estate grown, product of one particular block of vineyard)
Appearance: Pale straw.
Nose: Honeyed pear, ripe peach, citrus blossom, lemon thyme.
On the palate: Full-bodied. Rock candy, bartlett pear, crème brûlée, white mulberry.
Finish: Meyer lemon, grilled peach, angelica.
Parting words: Chateau Grand Traverse is something of a paradox. Their tasting room is a poorly organized mess reminiscent of the gift shop portion of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. They also produce a line of serviceable supermarket-quality varietals. But there’s the other side of CGT. They are one of the most creative and ambitious producers in Michigan. They produce a Grüner Veltliner , a white Pinot, a whole-cluster Riesling, a botrytized Riesling, an Alsatian Pinot Blanc style white, a reserve Gamay, the list goes on. They are even set to issue a limited release of estate-grown AlbariñoCached – SimilarYou +1’d this publicly. Undo. And unlike some of their peers, at least 9/10 times they accomplish what they set out to do.
This Riesling is a classic example of the ambitious side of CGT. It comes across as a little shy at first, but still waters run deep. Like that quiet girl you sat behind in math class, Lot 49 has hidden depths and subtle complexities. This is a thinking person’s Riesling, not a summer afternoon chug-a-lug Riesling. It got a very flattering write-up on Jancis Robinson’s website and rightfully so. Lot 49 is highly recommended.