Maker: Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau, Michigan, USA.
Place of origin: Leelanau Peninsula AVA, Michigan, USA
Grape: Pinot Noir (at least 85%)
Purchased for $20
Appearance: Dark red.
Nose: cedar, blackberry jam, blueberry pie, clove.
Palate: Semi-sweet. Black cherry, raspberry, red currant jelly.
Finish: Blackberry jam, French oak, apple wood smoked pork.
Parting words: I discovered this bottle sitting on a dusty bottom shelf at Holiday Market in Royal Oak. The bottle was on the shelf, that is. I had heard of Boathouse, but never visited there. I wasn’t sure if a Pinot Noir from a small winery would hold up after seven years, but I decided to take a chance. I was pleasantly surprised!
This is a full-flavored and ripe Pinot, similar to some California ones I’ve tasted in the same price range. I prefer a softer, more acidic wine from this grape, but there’s nothing to complain about, really. This is a very food-friendly wine that has held up surpisingly well for being left to languish in obscurity. 2012 Boathouse Pinot Noir is recommended.