Maker: Cody Kresta, Mattawan, Michigan.
Fruit: Peach (100%)
Vintage: 2016 (!)
Purchased for $16 from Michigan by the Bottle.
Appearance: Light orange.
Nose: Big, overripe peach.
Palate: Medium-bodied, semi-sweet. Squishy, nearly rotten peach.
Finish: Sweet, fade quickly.
Parting words: Peaches are usually associated with Georgia, but California actually produces the most peaches of any state. New Jersey, Washington and New York also rank in the top ten. Those three states are also major cool-climate wine producers, like Michigan. While Michigan isn’t a major peach producer nationally, its climate is great for growing peaches. There are few things I love more than a perfectly ripe Michigan peach in the late summer.
When I first tasted this peach wine at MBTB, that’s what I tasted. It was a beautiful experience and I took a bottle home with me. That was in September 2017. I had a few fruit wines in the cue ahead of this one, so I didn’t get around to opening it until earlier this week. That was a mistake. I love fruit wines, but they usually don’t reward cellaring.
2016 Cody Kresta Peach is tasty and recommended. It has lost some of its freshness, though, so I also recommend drinking it promptly after release!