2020 Vintners Select
Vintners Select is a designation we reserve for our very best red wine from only the best vintages. This wine starts in our vineyards where we dry farm our reds on the best parts of our farms. These sites were selected based on their aspect, soil type and heat accumulation. The vines are farmed exclusively by hand from initial prune to the harvest of the fruit. We leaf pull early, exposing the fruit to the long, sunny days of northern Michigan. In the best years, mother nature cooperates with adequate sun, rain and a spectacular fall and fruit ripens to perfection. In these years, we know we have a chance at our Vintners Select. We hand harvest, gently destem before fermenting on the skins. After 3-4 weeks the wine is pressed and put in barrels to start the aging process. After 18 months, we go through and taste every barrel in search of the best wine. We selected 7 barrels from our 2020 vintage and tended to them for a total of 33 months before filtering and bottling this wine, our 2020 Vintners Select Reserve Red. It is intense, dark ruby red with supple tanins, ripe red fruit and leather. It is decadent.