Maker: Black Star Farms, Traverse City/Sutton’s Bay, Michigan, USA
Place of origin: Michigan (60% Leelanau Co., 40% Grand Traverse Co.), USA
ABV: 12% ABV
Price: $22.50 (website)
Appearance: Ruby red,
Nose: Lightly toasted oak, white pepper, strawberry jam.
Palate: Medium bodied and medium dry. Black raspberries, very ripe blueberries, pinch of pink peppercorns.
Finish: Light oak with a bit of fruit. Fades slowly.
Parting words: I was originally planning to let this one sit for longer but after tasting a 2010 Pinot Noir from a neighboring winery that had fallen apart last week I panicked and decided that now was the time to open my 2011 Michigan Pinots. I’m glad I did. This one was very tasty. It was fruity but the oak rounds it off nicely. There could have been more depth and integration of flavor but there’s nothing to complain about. Does fine with food or on its own. 2011 Arcturos Pinot Noir is recommended.