When I was in Michigan visiting my family, my cousin and I took a day to head over to Lake Michigan. We had lunch at a brewery, did a little bit of shopping, went to a couple of the wineries in downtown South Haven, and checked out the lighthouse too.
We stopped at 12 Corners Winery tasting room in downtown South Haven, named for the Twelve Corners neighborhood where the vineyard makes its home, and did a wine tasting.
The Aromella intrigued me. It is a hybrid grape; a cross between Traminette and Ravat 34, developed at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY in 1976. It was renamed Aromella in 2013 (that took a while!). I have had Traminette, and like it, but I have never had, or even heard of Ravat 34.
The result is a sweet (but not overly so) white wine that tastes similar to Moscato, but with more floral flavors. The 12 Corners Aromella is estate grown, the residual sugar on this wine is 5.5 percent and the alcohol content is 11.8 percent. It was delicious and a great opportunity to taste a new-to-me grape! It is also reasonably priced at $14.99 a bottle.
If you have tried it, let me know what you think!