Maker: Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelanau, Michigan, USA
Grape: Riesling (at least 85%)
Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Traverse City, Michigan, USA (at least 85%)
Purchased for $15 at Holiday Market, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Appearance: Very pale gold, almost platinum.
Nose: Pear, wet limestone, papaya.
Palate: Pineapple, tart apple, mandarin, gravel.
Finish: Stone and stone fruit with a bit of acid. Lingers for a while.
Parting words: Bowers Harbor is one of the reigning monarchs of Northern Michigan Riesling and this wine is an excellent example of why. It’s fruit and acid in perfect harmony: at once complex and easy to drink.
It’s hard to believe but the last vintage of this wine I reviewed was 2011. That review is here. I got a lot of orchard fruit in that bottle. Those are definately present in this 2019 bottle, but I tasted more tropical fruit in this. I don’t know if the wine changed or my palate did, but either way, it’s still a very good wine. At $15, it’s a steal if you’re a Riesling lover like me. Bowers Harbor Medium Dry Riesling is recommended.