Topic: TN: 2000 Château Grand Traverse Reserve Proprietor's Blend (Michigan)
Author: Paul B., Ontario, Canada
Date: 20051002182934

This Old Mission Peninsula red is a blend of 35% Merlot, 30% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier and 17% Cabernet Franc.

13% alc. Clear ruby colour with a very pretty depth of hue when held up to the light. The nose at first shows high-quality spicy oak nuances and then a juicy red-fruit aromatic profile emerges. It is quite reminiscent of a good Chianti due to this spicy-red-fruit nose. Bright acidity on the entry with faithful flavour replays on the mid-palate. The tannin structure is particularly good here. There is plenty of welcome tannic grip that holds the wine together beautifully on the palate.

This is a very balanced, elegantly crafted wine. There is absolutely no underripeness or "vinifera greenness" here whatsoever. I can't say that as many Ontario vinifera reds have this level of ripeness and elegance to them. Also, the blend is unique - I have never seen those varieties blended together into one wine. That said, it clearly works!

This also says something about the wisdom of creating unique regional blends in Eastern North America - blends that may in fact be heretical in the Old World, but that might very well work in the wholly different milieu here. I think that some very interesting regional wines could be made in our part of the world that do not necessarily have to conform to a Bordeaux or Rhone paradigm. Why not invent new paradigms all of our own? I'm all for it.

I was very impressed by the quality of this wine, which was the first red I've tried from Château Grand Traverse. I look forward to trying more of the same in the future.