Maker: Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelenau, Michigan, USA
Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Appearance: Pale straw.
Nose: Lychee, white peach, pear, whiff of dried flowers.
On the palate: Medium bodied and slightly tart. Queen Ann cherries, white mulberries, rose water.
Finish: Fairly dry with a hint of tartness. Pear, plum and Golden Delicious apple.
Parting words: Is orchardy a word? Because if it is, it applies to this wine. I don’t usually buy into claims that terroir makes much of a difference beyond soil composition and climate, but this BHV’s Medium Dry Riesling is very much in the spirit of Northern Michigan. Cherries and other stone fruit are abundant with a bit of apple and pear thrown in there as well. Starts to get overly tart after being opened for a day or more, but this one is so tasty it should not be a problem to finish a bottle within 24 hours. The dryness makes it quite food friendly and it would go very well with mild flavored fish (the label recommends Walleye) and chicken. Bowers Harbor Medium Dry Riesling is highly recommended.