St. Ambrose Cellars Vin Gris 2015
Supported by the mediating effect of the Great Lakes—Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie—Michigan produces excellent wines from the aromatic white varieties Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and especially Riesling. Pinot Noir is responsible for the state’s small, but impressive production of sparkling wines.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”