February 13, 2013

2 Lads, Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan, Pinot Noir, 2011

Under-ripe cherry, almost a cranberry taste, with a little bit of dirt. It took a little bit of time to get any more notes than just that Pinot Noir cherry that we all enjoy.

After an hour that dirt (which I enjoy) became more pronounced. On the palette the wine is bright in the middle and has a long finish. It does get better with time, however, when one purchases a Michigan wine one expects to pop it open an pour it right away.

It's difficult for Northern Michigan producers. With a growing season of only 145 days and unpredictable weather patterns, harvests are smaller and less ripe than their California and Oregon counterparts. With low tonnage, Michigan wineries are forced to make less wine. To cover expenses they are forced to charge more for the wine produced from a less popular varietal.

If you want to purchase a  Pinot Noir that is indicative of  Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula, I would save $10 and go with the 2010 Chateau Grand Traverse Reserve. After an hour or so of decanting it really opened up to tobacco and raspberry notes. A good value at $14.

2 Lads Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.5%
Cases Made: 795
List Price: $26

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