Maker: Blue Water Winery, Carsonville, Michigan, USA
Grape: Chardonnay (at least 75%)
Place of origin: Michigan, USA
Purchased for $18 (Michigan by the Bottle Sipper Club)
Appearance: Bright gold.
Nose: Classic Chard. Apricot, melon, ambrosia salad.
Palate: Medium-bodied, semi-dry. Peach, Meyer lemon, pineapple sage.
Finish: Dry and pleasantly bitter.
Parting words: There are a lot of wineries located in tourist areas in Michigan. Some of them are bad and serve no purpose other than to suck money from the wallets of tourists with garbage palates. Some are ok and take care to produce enjoyable, accessible table wines. Others are more ambitious and seek to join the ranks of their more established cousins in Northwest and Southwest Michigan. Blue Water is one of those. They haven’t always been successful, in my opinion, but they continue to try to produce fine wines with varietal and terroir character.
This unoaked Chardonnay is one of their successes. It has loads of fruity Chard character, is well-balanced, and is great with chicken and vegetarian meals. Blue Water Winery Unoaked Chardonnay is recommended.