2010 Arcturos Pinot Noir

The fruit for this wine is a blend of different clones from three different vineyards, contributing significantly to its refined complexities.

Blend:100% Pinot Noir
Bottling:12/22/11, 741 cases, 12% alcohol, 0% residual sugar

Flavor and Aroma:
Medium bodied this wine has bright berry fruits (raspberry and cherry) and warm, toasty, French oak that entice the nose and palate. Layers of earthy, peppery aromas surround a core of ripe fruit, spice and dark scented flowers.

Aging Potential:
Proper cellaring will reward the patient in ten plus years.

Thoughts for Food:
Pinot Noir provides a delicate and aromatic red wine match for flavorful cheeses. Roast pork, with its higher fat content, pairs well. Many game birds, pheasant and quail in particular with their rich earthy component, will benefit from the earthy yet fruity lightness of our Pinot Noir. It has a nice, subtle spicy note that works well with many herbs and flavorings - anise, fennel, rosemary, mustard and mushroom infused sauces are great matches. Enjoy this wine with grilled fish (especially salmon), lamb, veal, or delicately seasoned ethnic cuisine.

Wine Makers Comments:
Every once in a while things just come together to help shape a beautiful wine, that is the case with this Pinot Noir. Beginning in the vineyard we had a modest and balanced crop of this varietal. In the cellar we had good fermentations, the correct ratio of new to older French oak barrels, and a slow aging process. What we taste in the finished wine is the result of all of this and perhaps a little luck! This is one to hold for 5-10 years but can also be enjoyed now for its youthfulness.
-Lee Lutes, Winery Manager/Winemaker

Silver: 2012 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition
Bronze: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

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