Maker: Verterra, Lake Leelanau, Michigan, USA
Grape: Pinot Blanc (at least 85%)
Place of origin: Leelanau Peninsula AVA (100%), Leelanau County, Michigan, USA
Style: Semi-dry sparkling wine.
Purchased for $20 (Michigan by the Bottle, Royal Oak)
Appearance: Light gold with moderate, steady bubbles.
Nose: Ripe mango, pear, custard, Meyer lemon.
Palate: Moderately effervescent with medium body. Off dry with lots of tropical fruit and just enough acid.
Finish: Semi-dry and fruity.
Parting words: The last time I spoke to Verterra Winery owner Paul Hamelin he was extremely excited about making his first sparkling wines. That was several years ago, and now the winery has a full line of blended sparkling wines, all of which are delicious. As far as I know, this wine is the only varietally bottled sparkling Pinot Blanc being produced in Michigan, although it is used frequently in blends.
I really enjoyed this wine, but unfortunately it is currently out of stock at Michigan by the Bottle’s Royal Oak tasting room. MBTBTR owner Cortney told me that they may get some more in soon, so watch for it! In the meantime, go buy some other Pinot Blanc, Verterra, sparkling wine or something else at your local MBTBTR! They are open for wine purchases on NYE & NYD, fyi.
Verterra Sparkling Pinot Blanc 2019 is recommended.