Sunday, March 11, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Surprises?

Frequent readers know that the Old Mission Peninsula in northern Michigan is quickly becoming known for high quality Alsatian white varietal wines - and at very fair prices, too.  However, reds from the region have come across as tokens; wines that speak to an obligation to bottle something, anything red.  They've tended to be thin and withdrawn.  Until now.

(Disclosure: this wine was received as a press sample.)

2010 Brys Estate Pinot Noir Old Mission Peninsula $30
Am I on Candid Camera? Seriously? This Pinot is from Michigan? No way. It's too damn good. Full house on the nose: fruit, spice, grip, and intrigue. And the palate delivers even more: depth, real fruit expression, and subtle smoke. Wow, wow, wow. Air smooths things out and a friendly mellow character emerges while the juicy tannins hang on.  This wine can stand comfortably among California Pinots and not be the least out of place. At $30 it is pricey, for sure, but it is exemplary for what this rising region is capable of.

Hands down the best red wine I've had from east of the Mississippi. Oustanding.


6 comments:

  1. If you think this is good - and I agree, it's excellent - you have to try their Artisan Pinot Noir, a reserve. It's incredible.

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  2. Thanks for chiming in, Scott. I'll be on the lookout!

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  3. I have had several of this estate's wines and also used their wine at my wedding. Outstanding reds and a Riesling and Gewurztraminer that is excellent.

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  4. Anonymous - glad to hear of even more stellar wines from this estate. I'm looking forward to paying them a visit this summer!

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  5. We are a group of friends that visited Brys Estates early December 2011. We did a tour of the farm and tasted the wine. I was totally impressed with the wine. Very much on par with the great French, New Zealand and South African wines that I love. I agree with you on the Pinot Noir - outstanding. The Cab/Merlo mix is one of my new favorites. Kudo's to Coenie and staff. We will be back again later this year.

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  6. Thanks, Sandy. I'll have to keep an eye out for the Cab/Merlot blend. Cheers!

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