Maker: Black Star Farms, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Place of origin: Montaña Rusa, Capella and Montague vinyards, Old Mission AVA, Michigan, USA
Appearance: pale gold.
Nose: Tangerine, apricot, Meyer lemon.
On the palate: Medium bodied and velvety. A bit of smoke, but not overpowering. Canned pear, ripe peach, golden delicious apple. Never overly tart or citric, though. Perfectly balanced.
Finish: Pink Grapefruit, bartlett pear, but, again, easy going and elegant.
Parting words: According to the label Pinot Blanc from these vineyards usually gets blended into BSF’s sparkling wines, but the 2011 vintage was so outstanding they decided to bottle it as a varietal. It is a fantastic wine. Elegant and balanced, but never boring. Plenty of terroir tartness, but never overwhelming or pucker-inducing. Dry but highly aromatic and fruity. I just can’t say enough about this wine. It’s a very limited bottling that I received as a member of their wine club. The information that actually came with the package had a different wine listed, but I thank Bacchus that I got this one instead. Arcturos Pinot Blanc 2011 is worth seeking out and highly recommended.