Maker: Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay, Michigan, USA
Grape: Pinot Noir (at least 85%)
Place of origin: Shady Lane estate, Leelanau Peninsula AVA, Michigan, USA (at least 85%)
Purchased for $20 (Michigan by the Bottle Sipper Club).
Appearance: Dark ruby.
Nose: Fresh strawberry, red currant, blueberry, white pepper.
Palate: Medium bodied. Red raspberry, red currant, clove, French oak.
Finish: A little more tannic but with a lot of fruit still present.
Parting words: We drove past Shady Lane (the road) on our last trip Up North, but we unfortunately didn’t have time to stop in. Thank God for Michigan by the Bottle, then, for carrying Shady Lane wines at their Auburn Hills location.
This is a solid Northwest Michigan Pinot Noir with a bit of spice, and loads of fruit, but not overly ripe fruit. If I have any criticism of this wine it’s that it has a little more tannin than I like in my Pinot, though it’s mostly held in check by the acid.
2017 reds from all over Michigan are drinking well right now, except for the really cheap ones which you should have drank already. Given the strength of the 2017 vintage and the quality of the winemaking at Shady Lane, this wine should be able to take at least another year in the cellar and still taste great. Good thing, too, since I have another bottle of this squirreled away to try next year or the year after that.
2017 Shady Lane Pinot Noir is recommended.