The Lansing City Pulse featured many Leelanau Peninsula Wines along with the Leland Wine Festival this July 1st article. Michael Brenton, of the Pulse, highlights many of the new and recently released wines that were present at the 2009 festival.
An abundance of 2008 whites were featured, along with many 2007 reds and a few 2008 reds. These vintages are yin and yang. The 2007 vintage was unusually warm, producing extremely ripe fruit, often with higher alcohol and uncommon depth and richness. Reds, in particular, benefited from the warmth of the season, whereas the cooler 2008 season led to greater variation in quality among its red wines. The 2008 vintage proved ideal for Michigan’s cool-weather white varieties, such as Pinot Gris (AKA Pinot Grigio), Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, which frequently showed classic balance of fruit and acidity.
Photo 2009 Leland Wine Fest by farlane.