Before trying the 2007 Peninsula Cellars Pinot Blanc, I had only sampled 2 or 3 Pinot Blancs in the past. By no means am I an expert on the variety, but I definitely know a good wine from a bad wine. In this case, the Michigan wine takes first place. A family run winery located north of Traverse City, Peninsula Cellars was established in 1994 and is housed in an 1896 renovated schoolhouse. Inspired by the “Old School” tasting room, Peninsula Cellars bottles a line of wines including the Old School White and Red, Detention, and Homework. Predominantly focused on white wines, Peninsula Cellars also produces a limited run of red and cherry wines.
Peninsula Cellars first estate grown Pinot Blanc, the single vineyard fruit comes from the 6 year old Kroupa vineyard. Retailing for $17.99, only 254 cases were produced. Bright aromas of pear and apricot greet the nose with a touch of yeast. On the palate the crisp and acidic wine display notes of apple, honey and nuts.
A dry, full-bodied wine that would pair nicely with Thanksgiving dinner. If you can find this wine, buy it, you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!
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