Peninsula Cellars Chardonnay 2005
Supported by the mediating effect of the Great Lakes—Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie—Michigan produces excellent wines from the aromatic white varieties Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and especially Riesling. Pinot Noir is responsible for the state’s small, but impressive production of sparkling wines.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.