One of my first purchases in Traverse City. Black Star is a large operation – they have several production facilities and tasting rooms, several different product lines, and a number of distilled products (similar to eau-de-vie).
The Black Star Farms product line is their mid-range tier (Arcturos is the labelling they use for higher-end wines).
Black Star Farms Pinot Noir (2013) Leelanau Peninsula – $19
Color: very light, classic Pinot Noir.
Aroma: somewhat closed, mostly cherry and earth
Taste: soft up front, then more acidity and a touch of tannin on the finish. Cherry and kirsch predominate on the tongue. I’d be more likely to have this as an aperitif than with food, as it’s easily overwhelmed.