Maker: Forty-Five North, Lake Leelanau, Michigan, USA
Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Michigan, USA
Purchased for $19 (Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
Appearance: Medium gold.
Nose: Dry and flinty. Lychee, water chestnut, Bartlett pear, dried savory, epazote.
Palate: Peach, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, mineral water, dried chicory.
Finish: Medium length. Dry, herbal with a slight bitterness.
Parting words: Having had an odd experience when I visited Forty-Five North last summer, I had been put off from reviewing any more of their stuff. I’m very glad I reviewed this one, though. I found it languishing on a shelf at store at which I usually buy Scotch and decided to pick it up earlier this year, even though I was unsure if it would still hold up.
Held up it did. This wine was wonderful. It’s one of the driest Michigan Rieslings I’ve had. I ate it with a couple different meals, including a cheese tart, made with Raclette from Leelanau Chesse (it’s all they make). It did well with everything. It’s drinking very well now, obviously, but it will probably still be good a year or more from now. $18 was the original MRSP but it’s easily worth $19-$20 or more. 2011 is still showing very well for Michigan whites. Forty-Five North’s 2011 Dry Riesling is highly recommended.