Producer:  Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery
Region: Tip of the Mitt AVA
Blend: 85% frontenac gris, 15% frontenac noir
ABV: 11%
RS: 50 g/L
TA: 12 g/L
pH: 2.99
Price: $25*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Petoskey Farms 2017 “First Crush” Sweet Rose (Credit: Josh Morgan)

Petoskey Farms 2017 "First Crush" Sweet Rose

87 points

I never expected to like a 5% RS rose as much as I do this wine from the northernmost edge of Michigan. But here we are – and that's why you need to taste everything and not pre-judge based on a number or a grape name. Speaking of grape names, this wine is 85% frontenac gris and 15% frontenac noir – both University of Minnesota-born grapes.

It's very fruity on the nose, with ripe, almost red wine-like aromas of black cherry and currant backed by peachy-mango notes that veer more into the rose world.

The palate is similarly fruity, dominated by flavors of juicy strawberries and currants with hints of that peachy tropical fruit again. Though noticeably sweet up front, there is plenty of underripe blueberry acidity here that slices through the residual sugar, making the long finish almost feel dry.

This isn't a wine to ponder or pontificate about. It's a fruity, satisfying wine to enjoy with charcuterie or a sunny summer day. My bottle didn't last long with family and friends once the tasting was done.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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