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Aurora Cellars Earns High Marks From Decanter
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Aurora Cellars continues to make their debut in national and international wine publications. Recently, four of our wines were reviewed by Decanter, the world’s leading wine media brand, and received high scores. The four wines receiving scores were the Brut Rosé, Leora, 2021 Grüner Veltliner and 2021 Dry Riesling. Read the reviews below:

Brut Rosé

Rating: 89 Points

Sweet strawberry and cream aromatics give way to tangy red berries. The palate is lively, with fresh currant and cranberry flavors with just a touch of cherries and cream. Done in the Charmat method, this wine offers ample freshness and lively acidity.”

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Leora

Rating: 88 Points

An early pick from Benjamin’s Vineyard in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. Aromatics of cherry blossom, candied orange peel and stone fruit in this homage to Prosecco. The palate is light and lively yet shows more complexity than one might expect from sparkling Pinot Grigio—rich pear and nectarine flavours and a hint of wet stone.”

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2021 Grüner Veltliner

Rating: 89 Points

American Grüner from a 0.5ha site in northern Michigan made in stainless steel to highlight the aromatics and fresh character of the variety. Aromatics of wet slate, grapefruit and lemon leaf. The palate is accented by stony minerals, and lemon verbena finishes with salinity and smoky flint.”

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The 2021 Grüner Veltliner also made its debut with VinePair. It was named one of “The 14 Best Grüner Veltliners of 2023” and received a 90 point rating.

 

2021 Dry Riesling

Rating: 90 Points

A dry Riesling from a relatively warm Michigan vineyard block that shows impressive depth and complexity. Effusive aromatics of lemon curd grilled peach flesh and white flowers. There is ample texture, framed by grilled lemon peel, cardamom, and spiced pear flavours. Fresh and complex.”

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Recognition from nationally and internationally known wine publications like Decanter helps not only wine reviewers but also consumers see how the wine from Michigan continues to evolve over the years. 

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