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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