Michigan’s Good Harbor Vineyards and Aurora Cellars Lively White, Rosé and Sparkling Wines

Tasting Notes

Aurora Cellars NV Brut Rosé, Leelanau Peninsula:  Boasting an aroma as fresh as a summer ocean breeze, this vivacious bubbly is lively, pure, and expressive with lovely effervescence and fine balance.  Fruit focused and creamy in the mouth, think orange creamsicle, cranberry compote, and cherries jubilee in a glass, delicious all the way through the spirited finish.  SRP:  $24 www.auroracellars.com

Aurora Cellars 2020 Gruner Veltliner, Leelanau Peninsula:  This highly aromatic, nicely balanced Gruner Veltliner entrances the senses with its pleasing tropical fruit and citrus undertones on the nose and entry. Lively and full of personality as juicy layers of passion fruit, Kandy Lemondrop melon, peach, fresh crushed herbs, and lemon sorbet traverse brightly across the palate, and culminates in a vivid pop of lingering flavors.  SRP: $19 www.auroracellars.com

Aurora Cellars 2020 Gewurztraminer, Leelanau Peninsula:  The fragrant bouquet of freesias and roses on the nose is awakening. On the palate, this medium sweet wine offers up delicious elements of lychee, passion fruit, orange marmalade, hints of spice cake, and grilled pineapple. It boasts fine balance, and the finish lingers on and on. SRP:  $19 Food pairing:  www.auroracellars.com

Aurora Cellars 2020 Dry Riesling, Leelanau Peninsula:   Broadcasting classic Riesling characteristics, here is an uplifting, well-crafted dry Riesling. A bowlful of juicy summer peaches and nectarines join fresh squeezed lime, minerality, a trace of salinity, and citrus blossom accents. Bracing acidity keeps it brilliantly balanced through the lively finish. SRP:  $19 www.auroracellars.com

Good Harbor Benjamin’s Vineyard NV Blanc de Noirs, Leelanau Peninsula:  The beautiful mousse and aroma of fresh red and black berries of this refreshing bubbly are scintillating. Red raspberries, fresh just picked strawberries, hints of pie crust, a twist of orange peel, and blanched almond flavors unfold in harmony. The creamy texture carries the wine to a vibrant finish. SRP: $24 www.goodharbor.com.

Good Harbor Vineyards 2018 Pinot Grigio, Leelanau Peninsula:  The mouthwatering citrus-tinged aroma will turn you into a fast fan of Pinot Grigio, it soundly leaps from the glass.  Flavors of lemon sherbet, crisp Bartlett pears, subtle herbs, and feather-light meringue wrap around a brisk core of acidity. This wine is immaculately balanced and the lime-scented finish tops off the bright package with zestiness.    SRP:  $15    www.goodharbor.com

Good Harbor Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé, Leelanau Peninsula:  A delicate peachy-pink hue catches the eye, and a basketful of fresh picked strawberries on the nose invites you into this snappy Rosé.  It’s vitalizing on the palate with layers of Rainier cherries, juicy Black Beauty plums, Valencia oranges, and a pinch of herbs.  Lively with crisp acidity carrying the wine to an upbeat, thirst quenching finish.    SRP: $19 www.goodharbor.com