With the turning of the leaves and the change in the weather comes a shift from the crisp, acidic whites of summer to the bolder, fuller bodied reds that pair so well with the richer meals and colder temps upon us.
Regionally, red wines have long received criticism from aficionados seeking complex, big drinking wines in part due to the shorter growing season we experience along the 45th parallel. In recent years, however, talented local wine makers like Charles Edson and Blake Lougheed of Bel Lago Winery have found ways to work with the shorter growing season to produce bigger, richer reds that satisfy even the most discerning palettes.
We're especially fond of Bel Lago’s 2013 Pinot Noir which is rich and complex and drinks much older than its age thanks to 30 months in French oak. This wine exhibits a fun and fruity nose and tradtional Pinot Noir flavors of earthiness and spice that make it a favorite for people looking for an interesting and approachable red.
As one of Leelanau County's oldest wineries, Bel Lago wines demonstrate the detail driven approach wine makers Edson and Lougheed have pioneered in an effort to harness the uniqueness of Michigan's climate and soil to yield the best possible results. You can really taste the great care and passion Bel Lago imparts to their winemaking process in 2013 North Vineyard Pinot Noir, in particular, and in the rest of their red, white, and sparkling offerings as well.
If you are in the area, a stop at the Bel Lago's gorgeous tasting room is a must. Make a day of it and join us for a dinner paired perfectly with this stellar wine.