Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Price: $11 (website)
Appearance: Light gold with some necklacing.
Nose: Semi-dry. Underripe pears, Golden Delicious apples, lemon thyme.
Palate: Medium bodied and semi-dry. White peach, pink grapefruit.
Finish: Dry and herbal. Mineral water, sage, a bit of smoke.
Parting words: When I think Pinot Grigio, I think of boring, sorry, “crisp” wines from the Veneto that are pounded back on movie nights and in cheesy restaurants. When I think Pinot Gris (The French name for the same grape, “gray pinot”) I think of the wonderfully smoky and herbaceous made from this grape in Alsace. This wine is somewhere between those camps. When chilled according to bottle directions, it is in the crisp camp but as it warms up, some Alsatian character comes to the fore.
It’s cheap for a wine of this quality and does very well with food. This is a Grigio you can drink and not feel embarrassed or bored by. Chateau Grand Traverse 2012 Pinot Grigio.