Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Michigan's Rosé Wines

When we attended the Michigan Wine Showcase several weeks ago, we knew we needed to have a plan - with 20+ wineries and at least 100 wines, there was no way to taste everything, unless we were going to spend the night at a hotel, which was not in the cards. I'm a huge fan of Rosé Wines, so I opted to make that one of my focuses. We've tried Rosé from Michigan before (Old Shore Vineyards used to make a good one), but most were on the sweeter side, not our preferred style. The drier, Provencal style we love has taken hold in California, so it was exciting to see if the same were true for Michigan.

Michigan's Rosé Wines

Tasting Notes

Black Star Farms Arcturos 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé
Leelanau Peninsula grapes; soft pink color; currant and floral aromas; melon and citrus flavors; 12% ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $13.50. 
Blustone Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé
Leelanau Peninsula grapes; very light coral color; melon, strawberry, light floral aromas, and same for flavors; touch of sweetness; 12.5% ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $16.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2012 Rosé, Pinot Noir
Leelanau Peninsula grapes; light pink to orange edges in color; melon and floral aromas; melon and subtle citrus flavors; smooth mouthfeel; 250 cases produced; 12% ABV; SRP $16.
Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
Lake Michigan Shore grapes; light red in color; red berry and flower aromas with same but sweeter in the mouth; cork closure;12% ABV; SRP $16.
Wyncroft Marland 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Lake Michigan Shore grapes; medium pink in color; melon, bright red berry, and floral aromas; melon ands strawberry flavors; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $19.
Granted, this was a tasting of just 5 Michigan Rosé Wines, but it's clear that the vintners are tuned into the new direction. Some have a little further to travel, but it's nice to see it moving in the right direction.

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