Brys Estate 2008 Naked Chardonnay

November 9, 2010


Brys Estate 2008 Naked Chardonnay

Brys Estate 2008 Naked Chardonnay

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a big fan of Chardonnay from the other 46 states.  There are a number of reasons, possibly a post for a later date, I just don’t feel any of the states can ultimately compete with California.  That said I’ve tasted several quality Chards east of the west coast, and tonight’s wine is no exception.

Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery is situated on 80 acres in Traverse City, Michigan, in a renovated 1890′s farmhouse.   A 100% estate grown and estate bottled winery, Brys produces a 50/50 split of red and white wines.  The 31 acre vineyard includes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

The Brys Estate 2008 Naked Chardonnay is their version of an unoaked Chardonnay.  Although no longer available, be on the lookout for the new release from the outstanding 2010 vintage.  Beautiful floral and citrus notes lead the way on both the nose and palate.  A crisp, delicious wine with good acidity that showcases the qualities of this popular style.

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3 Responses to “Brys Estate 2008 Naked Chardonnay”

  1. farlane Says:

    Brys makes a Gewurztraminer that’s fantastic! I am a big fan of the unoaked chards of northern Michigan.

  2. Brian Kirby Says:

    Thank you for your readership. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of wines coming from Michigan. Delicious whites, especially Pinot Blanc and Riesling, really display the potential of those programs in Michigan. Stay tuned for a review this weekend on a Pinot Noir (Chateau Chantal) that blew me away and an outstanding Pinot Blanc from Peninsula Cellars. Cheers!


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