Good Harbor “Sleeping Bare” Blanc de Blanc NV
This sparkling wine from Good Harbor Vineyards in Northern Michigan is full of fun and frolic! I have been known to “Sleep Bare” but normally don’t consider it in this “often chilly” climate in Michigan. But this “Sleeping Bare” is in reference to Good Harbor’s close proximity to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and it being named the most beautiful place in the United States! Both places are “must stops” when visiting the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan and you will be mesmerized by both amazing wines and Heavenly views. This Blanc de Blanc is made from 100% Chardonnay and processed using the Charmat method (using stainless steel tanks) so the fruit flavors are the main focus on your taste buds.
In my glass, day bright yellow and clear with some lively bubbles! Festive aroma’s of fresh apples, white peach, apricots, lemon, and spice. Medium bodied with a creamy texture, active bubbles, and a pleasing acidity. Tempting flavors of ripe apples, D’anjou pears, tropical citrus, and hints of minerality. Predominantly dry in approach, crisp, but with hints of sweetness making it more “extra-dry” in style. On the second sip experience, more fresh apples emerged followed by notes of apricot, almonds, and lemon meringue leading to a divinely creamy finish. Fun and festive bubbles with a delightful creaminess on the finish makes this a sparkling wine for all occasions! Great for a get-together of family and friends and/or to sip with a nice meal. Pair with appetizers, shrimp cocktail, fresh seafood, chicken alfredo, summer salads, or medium style cheeses. Enjoy a “Michigan Summer in a Bottle” all year long by having the Good Harbor Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine on hand! Add local fresh berries to this wine for a fun, “berry jacuzzi” of flavors! 90 Points (Wine Splash) and average of $22 a bottle. Cheers!
(This bottle of “Sleeping Bare” was purchased in 2019 and Good Harbor now labels it as just their “Blanc de Blanc” but is the same sparkling wine).