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Wine Recommendation

Shady Lane Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling

Shady Lane Cellars

2005 Semi-Dry Riesling
(Leelanau Peninsula)

Under the winemaking direction of Larry Mawby (L. Mawby Vineyards), Shady Lane Cellars produced its first wines in 1992. Now, Adam Satchwell is winemaker and his success has been nothing short of phenomenal. Shady Lane Cellars 2004 Semi-Dry Riesling took top honors at The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and won the prestigious Schott Zwiesel Best of Class Gold Medal at the largest judging of American wines in the U.S.

The 2005 Semi-Dry Riesling follows in the footsteps of the highly lauded 2004. Satchwell believes that 2005 was possibly the best vintage ever for Shady Lane. With nearly perfect weather, 2005 was a riper vintage than 2004 and thus the 2005 is packed with fresh peach and tropical fruit aromas with mirrored flavors. Dry Riesling aficionados will find that this semi-dry version perfectly balances fruit sweetness and vibrant acidity, matching it to sushi and spicy Asian dishes.

This wine won Best of Class Semi-Dry White earlier this month at the 29th annual Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition.

Reviewed August 14, 2006 by Eleanor & Ray Heald.


Other Awards & Accolades

Best of Class - 2006 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

The Wine

Winery: Shady Lane Cellars
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula
Grape: Riesling
Price: 750ml $15.00

Review Date: 8/14/2006

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.