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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Shady Lane Cellars 2005 Pinot Grigio  (Leelanau Peninsula)

Shady Lane Cellars

2005 Pinot Grigio
(Leelanau Peninsula)

In a recent Appellation America editorial "Why Terroir is Essential to Wine Evaluation," editor-at-large Dan Berger opined, "The wine rating numbers game has blinded reviewers and consumers who don’t consider the unique influences of taste which are contributed by where the grapes were grown. It is time to take terroir into consideration."

Actually, to appreciate Shady Lane Cellars’ 2005 Pinot Grigio, a grape that demonstrates its growing site well, you should take a few minutes to read what else Berger has to say about taking terroir into consideration by reading his complete editorial on this website.

If your concept of Pinot Grigio is from Italy's Alto Adige or Collio, various California appellations, Columbia Valley in Washington state, or even the Okanagan Valley, you’ll need to get your nose and palate readjusted to appreciate the copper-tinged color stemming from these grapes harvested at optimum ripeness and showcasing their Pinot Noir relationship.

Floral, pear and a mélange of white-fleshed stone fruits evolve as aromas, followed by slightly toasty notes and Granny Smith apple flavors. Grand length with loads of secondary flavors and nuances make Shady Lane's Pinot Grigio a delightful accompaniment to swordfish or halibut with a simple butter-lemon-caper sauce.

Reviewed January 15, 2007 by Eleanor & Ray Heald.


Other Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal - 2007 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

The Wine

Winery: Shady Lane Cellars
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Pinot Grigio
Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula
Grape: Pinot Gris / Grigio
Price: 750ml $15.00

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.