Four county wines win in best of class
Vintners around Leelanau County must have felt some déjà vu when reading results from the state wine competition. That’s because the link sent to the Enterprise from a promotion specialist with the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council went to the wrong year.
We’re publishing the 2012 results below, with our apologies to all associated with the wine industry in Leelanau County.
County wines took four of six “best of” class honors at the 2012 Michigan Wine and Spirit Competition this month in East Lansing.
Chateau Fontaine’s 2011 Pino Blanc was judged the best of the dry white wines and earned a double gold medal along with Blustone Vineyard’s 2011 Riesling. Both wineries are located near Lake Leelanau.
In the dry red class Shady Lane Cellars was best with their 2010 Blue Franc.
L. Mawby’s Blanc de Blanc was named best sparkling wine. Mawby also received the judges’ merit award for its Blanc de Noirs.
In the fruit wine category Chateau de Leelanau’s cherry wine was tops in its class.
The following are awards given based on wine type and vineyard:
Dry White gold: Boathouse Vineyards 2011 Pinot Grigio; Brengman Brothers, 2010 Gary’s Reserve Gewurztraimer; Chateau Fontaine, 2011 White Riesling, Viognier and Woodland White; Forty-Five North, 2011 Pinot Gris; Silver Black Star Farms, 2011 Arcturos Pinot Gris; Blustone, 2010 Chardonnay; Boathouse, 2011 Dry Riesling; Brengman Brothers, 2011 Dry Riesling and 2011 Gary’s Reserve Gewurztraimer; Chateau Fontaine, 2011 Pinot Gris; Circa Estate Winery, 2011 Chardonnay; Forty-Five North, 2011 Unwooded Chardonnay and Chardonnay; Verterra Winery, 2011 Dry Riesling and Dry Gewurztraminer; Bronze Bel Lago, 2010 Chardonnay- Estate bottled; Black Star Farms, 2011 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay; Blustone, 2011 Pinot Grigio; Chateau de Leelanau, 2011 Pinot Grigio; Chateau Fontaine, 2011 Chardonnay and Gewurztraimer; Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, 2011 Royce; Leelanau Cellars, 2011 Pinot Grigio; Shady Lane, 2011 Gewurztraminer; Verterra, 2011 Dry Riesling and 2011 Dry Gewurztraminer.
Semi-Dry White gold Boathouse, 2011 Semi-Sweet Riesling; Silver Black Star, 2010 Arcturos Riesling, 2011 Arcturos Dry Riesling; Brengmen Brothers, 2010 Riesling; Forty-Five North, 2011 45 White and 2011 Select Harvest Riesling; Gill’s Pier, Whitewater; Verterra, 2011 Chaos White Cuvee and 2011 Pinot Grigio; Bronze Brengman Brothers, 2011 Riesling; Chateau Fontaine, 2010 White Riesling; Circa, 2011 Improvisation; Gill’s Pier, 2011 Riesling; Shady Lane, 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling; Verterra, 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay and 2011 Gewurztraminer medium Sweet; Willow Vineyard, 2011 Reserve Pinot Gris.
Sparkling gold Black Star, 2011 BeDazzled; Good Harbor, Moonstruck; L. Mawby, Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs; Bel Lago, Leelanau Brillante; Black Star, 2008 Brut Sparkling Wine and 2009 Isidor’s Choice Blanc de Noir; Silver L. Mawby, Conservancy, Cremant Classic, Jadore, Talismon, M. Lawrence, Green, Sandpiper; Bronze Shady Lane, 2011 Sparkling Riesling.
Dry Red gold Black Star, 2010 Leorie Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc; Forty-Five North, 2011 Cabernet Franc; Gill’s Pier, 2010 Cabernet Franc/Merlot; Shady Lane, 2010 Blue Franc Silver Black Star Farms, 2010 Arcturos Pinot Noir, 2010 Arcturos Merlot and 2011 Pinot Noir; Blustone, 2010 Winemaker’s Red; Chateau de Leelanau, 2011 Hawkins Red Wine; Chateau Fontaine, 2010 Woodland Red; Gill’s Pier, Just Unleashed; Longview Winery, 2010 Cabernet Franc-Estate Bottled; Shady Lane, 2010 Franc N’ Franc; Willow, 2011 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir; Bronze Bel Lago, 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve; Black Star, 2010 Arcturos Cabernet Franc, 2010 Vintners Select; Blustone, 2010 Pinot Noir; Boathouse, 2011 Sunset; Chateau de Leelanau, 2011 Pinot Noir; Circa, 2008 Cabernet Franc; Forty- Five North, 2011 Pinot Noir/Merlot.
Semi-Dry Red silver Chateau Fontaine, Big Paw Red; Verterra, 201 Chaos Red Cuvee; Bronze Good Harbor Vineyards, Harbor Red.
Fruit Wines gold Chateau de Leelanau, Cherry Wine; Silver Bel Lago, Cherry; Brengman Brothers, Cherry; (bronze) Good Harbor, Cherry.
Rose gold Forty-Five North, 2011 Rose of Cabernet Franc; Silver Black Star Farms, 2011 Arcturos Cabernet Franc Rose; Boathouse, 2011 License to Chill Pinot Noir Rose; Longview, 2011 Rustic Rose-Estate Bottled; Verterra, 2011 Rose of Pinot Noir; Willow, “Pretty in Pink” Pinot Noir Rose; Bronze Black Star, 2011 Arcturos Pinot Noir Rose; Blustone, 2011 Pinot Noir Rose; Brengman Brothers, 2011 Rose; Chateau Fontaine, 2011 Laughing Waters; Leelanau Cellars, 2011 Baco Noir Rose.
Dessert silver Black Star, Sirius Red; Blustone, 2011 Late Harvest Riesling; Chateau de Leelanau, 2011 Riesling Select; Longview, Reserve PortSide Cherry Wine; Shady Lane, 2011 Late Harvest Riesling; Bronze Bel Lago, 2010 Riesling- Estate Bottled; Black Star Farms, 2010 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling.