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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Bel Lago Winery & Vineyards 2003 Pinot Noir, Estate (Leelanau Peninsula)

Bel Lago Winery & Vineyards

2003 Pinot Noir, Estate
(Leelanau Peninsula)

Consumer enthusiasm for Leelanau Peninsula AVA Pinot Noir has caused it to be sold too early. Bel Lago Estate Bottled 2003 Pinot Noir illustrates the rewards of patience, bottle aging and the "I won't rush my wines to market," attitude of owner/winemaker Charles Edson. Perhaps this comes from Edson's ability to take life a little slower and admire his gorgeous vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan.

Dark, spicy cherry, dried rose petal, dried leaves and new leather gloves aromas develop subtle smoky and apple wood smoked bacon notes with evolution in the glass. Flavors show the depth and secondary flavors that bottle aging brings to Pinot Noir, such as fine tobacco hints over ripe plum and berry fruit.

With medium weight, this Pinot Noir is appellation expressive in a Burgundian and less-fruit-forward style than Pinots from major California growing regions, but it's one with elegance and finesse from a careful crafting of wine from 30 clones of Pinot Noir. This pretty wine is most rewarding in its long finish -- one that bottle age has developed.

Reviewed February 27, 2007 by Eleanor & Ray Heald.

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The Wine

Winery: Bel Lago Winery & Vineyards
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $18.00

Review Date: 2/27/2007

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.