2008 Sparkling Wine

This sparkler is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc from grapes grown on the Leelanau Peninsula. Made in a brut style it is excellent as an aperitif but versatile enough to be paired with a multitude of foods.

Appellation:Leelanau Peninsula
Blend: 68% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir, 8% Pinot Blanc
Bottling:2/24/09, 500 cases, 12% alcohol, 0.4% residual sugar

Flavor and Aroma:
This sparkling wine is delicate, fresh, and elegant with floral aromas and crisp fruitiness. The fresh bread nose is typical of wine produced in the methode champenoise.

Aging Potential:
Sparkling wines when consumed young show fresh crisp qualities. When cellared properly this wine unfolds with creamy toastiness and will easily last five to ten years.

Thoughts for Food:
Sparkling wine is sensational with smoky or salty appetizers like cheese straws, roasted pecans or smoked salmon. An excellent accompaniment for brunch, it goes well with any egg dish. This sparkler is also wonderful with oysters and other shellfish. Many pair sparkling wine with Chinese and Thai dishes. It is the classic dessert wine.

Wine Makers Comments:
This is the first release of a true brut style bubbly. Utilizing significant volumes of Pinot Noir in the blend gives the wine great depth of flavor and length on the palate.
-Lee Lutes, Winery Manager/Winemaker

Silver: 2012 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition
Best of Class: 2010 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver: 2010 Great Lakes Great Wine
Silver: 2010 Jefferson Cup

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phone: 231-271-4970 • fax: 231.271.4883 • email: wine@blackstarfarms.com