Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Brys Estate - Traverse City, MI - 7/1/09
Brys Estate website can be found here.
Brys lets you try six wines for five bones and with that you get a coupon for $3 off a bottle, some oyster crackers, and a square of a "reduced fat cheese product."
2008 Pinot Grigio - Apples and pears on the palate, little nose.
2008 Pinot Blanc - Dryer and simpler than the PG with no nose.
2007 Pinot Noir Rose - A decent, typical rose with some funky woody/earthy notes - so right on.
2008 Gewurz - Dry and fruity with stone fruit notes.
2007 Dry Riesling - Not what I'd call dry, miscellaneous stone fruit and decent acid.
2007 Off Dry Riesling - Pink apple dominate this rather flabby wine.
2006 Signature Red - A soft and light bodied offering which I took few notes on.
2006 Merlot - Very light in body, soft, cherry, light tannins, I'd almost guess this was a Pinot Noir.
2007 Riesling/Pinot Gris - Sweet and gulpable but another flabby one.
2008 Pinot Noir/Riesling - Not unlike a damn good White Zin - in fact, if White Zin was like this I don't think it would have such a bad reputation.
2007 Later Harvest Riesling - Perhaps the best this place has, nice balance of sugar and acid.
The problem with situations like this - especially as someone who works in the service industry - is crappy customers can ruin my good time, because I know the pain of dealing with jerks. We were surrounded by pompous fools who harshed our mellows. This is no fault of the winery, but we worked this room more quickly than we normally would to get away.
One guy even kept bashing their wine saying "oh, (that other) winery up the road makes this wine far better."
(The worst part is I agreed with two of his assessments, but I'd never say something like that, because it's ultimately irrelevant - no matter what wine you drink, someone probably makes a better one, but really now, who does that? Talk your shit on the Internet, dude.)
That being said, nothing jumped out at us, but as you can see - nothing was "bad" either. Different strokes for different folks.