Shady Lane Pinot Grigio Blanc 2005
Winemaking Notes: 2005 was a very warm year on the Leelanau Peninsula and the fruit was harvested riper than average so we made a wine that reflected this unique season. The fruit was destemmed but not crushed and left in the press for 4 hours to extract more of the character of this vintage. The wine is fermented completely in stainless steel tanks at moderate temperatures and left for a time on the fine lees to build the texture of the finished wine. Bottling takes place early the next spring to retain the fresher qualities in the wine. Tasting Notes: Reflective of the warmer vintage this wine is fairly rich for a Pinot Grigio. There are the expected apple and melon qualities found in this variety, along with fleshier pear and nectarine and a touch of floral and toasty notes. Tremendous length in the finish showcase this fine vintage. Technical Notes: Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula Harvest: Oct. 11 and 19, 2005 Brix : 22.8 average pH : 3.4 TA: 7.4 grams/liter Alcohol: 13.5% RS: Dry Production: 500 cases Return to Shady Lane wine list
External Reviews for Shady Lane Pinot Grigio Blanc
In a recent Appellation America editorial " Why Terroir is Essential to Wine Evaluation ," editor-at-large Dan Berger opined, "The wine rating numbers game has blinded reviewers and consumers who don’t consider the unique influences of taste which are contributed by where the grapes were grown. It is time to take terroir into consideration." Actually, to appreciate Shady Lane Cellars’ 2005 Pinot Grigio, a grape that demonstrates its growing site well, you should take a few minutes to read what else Berger has to say about taking terroir into consideration by reading his complete editorial on this website. If your concept of Pinot Grigio is from Italy's Alto Adige or Collio, various California appellations, Columbia Valley in Washington state, or even the Okanagan Valley, you’ll need to get your nose and palate readjusted to appreciate the copper-tinged color stemming from these grapes harvested at optimum ripeness and showcasing their Pinot Noir relationship. Floral, pear and a mélange of white-fleshed stone fruits evolve as aromas, followed by slightly toasty notes and Granny Smith apple flavors. Grand length with loads of secondary flavors and nuances make Shady Lane's Pinot Grigio a delightful accompaniment to swordfish or halibut with a simple butter-lemon-caper sauce.