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Friday, July 25, 2008

Chateau Chantal Winery – Traverse City 7/14/08

Chateau Chantal

This is a beautiful property – worth visiting for the views alone. The tasting room was run by a young girl who I can't imagine was 18 and was so socially awkward I can only assume it was her first week on the job, she was some sort of alternate, or she was intimidated by my shiny balding head.

Tonight Sparkling Wine – apple nose / red apple in the mouth, simple though not bad.

2006 Pinot Noir – extremely light in color, cherry nose, cherry and earth on the palate, nicely balanced but absurdly light.

2006 Proprietor's Reserve Trio – cherry cola nose / cherry and oak on the palate, a nice one.

Naughty Red – like a good Beaujolais, just a faint bit of banana with funk, cherry and earth. If you are into Beaujolais (not Nouveau) this is your thing.

2006 Riesling Late Harvest – peachy nose / spice stone fruit, somewhat flabby to be blunt.

The wine here was fine and it's worth a visit if you're in the area and have time but honestly I don't foresee a revisit from us in the immediate future.

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