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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Shady Lane Cellars 2005 Sparkling Riesling  (Leelanau Peninsula)

Shady Lane Cellars

2005 Sparkling Riesling
(Leelanau Peninsula)

Michigan's renown for superior Riesling in dry, semi-dry and dessert styles must also begin to include sparkling wine. The yellow and green-edged hues of the 2005 Shady Lane Cellars Sparkling Riesling sets a taster up for aromas of green apple, pear and floral elements.

Generous and well-mirrored aromas dance as bright and crisp-edged flavors on the palate. Just off-dry, this bubbly is not only competitively-priced for its high quality but a complement to Asian or Indian spicy foods.

Produced by the Cuve Close method (also called Charmat or bulk process), the bead is remarkably tiny and the mousse is delicately frothy. Add a half inch of Peach Nectar to a champagne flute and top it off with this sparkling Riesling for a very fruity rendition of a Bellini.

Shady Lane produced its first wine in 1992 but it was not until 2001 that a state-of-the-art winery was constructed. Brut-style sparkling wines have been part of the portfolio from the beginning but sparkling Riesling is relatively new. Pair it with crisp apple wedges and a soft, mild cheese like well-ripened Brie at room temperature for a no-fuss hors d'oeuvre.

Reviewed January 15, 2007 by Eleanor & Ray Heald.


Other Awards & Accolades

Vinum Cum Laude Award - 2007 Wine Literary Awards, California Culinary Academy (San Francisco)
Double Gold Medal - 2006 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver Medal - 2007 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

The Wine

Winery: Shady Lane Cellars
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Sparkling Riesling
Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula
Grape: Riesling
Price: 750ml $20.00

Review Date: 1/15/2007

The Reviewer

Eleanor & Ray Heald

The Healds have been writing about wine since 1978 and have focused on appellation significance in many of their world beat writings. They value recognizing site personality (terroir) within an appellation's wines. They praise balance and elegance in wines styled to pair well with food and eschew over-extraction, high alcohol and heavy-handed oak. “Delicious” is their favorite descriptor for a great, well-made wine.