2010 Leorie Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

The combination of an impeccable vineyard site, high quality fruit and the skilled winemaking team are the primary reasons behind this stellar Bordeaux style blend.

Appellation:Old Mission Peninsula
Blend:59% Merlot - 41% Cabernet Franc
Bottling:5/31/12, 201 cases, 12% alcohol, 0% residual sugar

Flavor and Aroma:
This wine shows a good concentration of dark berry fruit, a coffee-like spiciness, and the complement of well integrated oak character.

Aging Potential:
This wine is stellar now but, with appropriate cellaring, will develop exceptionally during the next three to ten plus years.

Thoughts for Food:
Enjoy this wine with hearty meals, braised meats such as venison, lamb, and beef or rich pastas and stews. Suggested dishes include: Beef Wellington, Pot Roast, and Rack of Lamb.

Wine Makers Comments:
This vineyard continues to astound everyone who either works in it or with the fruit it provides. Year after year it produces some of the best grapes grown in the state. Therefore, allowing us as the winemaking team the opportunity to shape some of the best wine made in Michigan. This 2010 vintage is from a near perfect growing season with a smaller than average yield, it shows a classic Bordeaux-style character and grace that only comes from this unique and special vineyard! Good things come to those who wait and we have been patiently waiting as this vintage has already been in the bottle for one year. Right now it is youthful and wonderful and drinking very well. In another 5-10 years it can only get better!

Black Star Farms • 10844 E. Revold Road • Suttons Bay, MI 49682
phone: 231-271-4970 • fax: 231.271.4883 • email: wine@blackstarfarms.com