Producer: Left Foot Charley
Region: Old Mission Peninsula AVA
Blend: 100% kerner
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $25*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Left Foot Charley 2017 Kerner

Left Foot Charley 2017 Kerner

91 points

I don't typically use whimsical descriptors, but this wine smells like a sunny summer day. It's floral and peachy and even has a hint of fresh spearmint on the nose. It's almost like a less-obnoxious muscat in that way.

The palate shows similar flavors, all with a gritty, citrusy acidity that perfectly frames the peach, citrus and even faintly tropical flavors. There is a certain power in its juiciness that really lengthens the finish that ends on a distinct note of grapefruit zest.

Bright and refreshing right out of the refrigerator, let this one warm up a bit to enjoy its full impact. It makes a real case for more kerner in Michigan and similar climes.

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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