Riesling Report: Black Star Farms Arcturos Riesling 2010

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Have you ever tried wine from Michigan? This was my first, from Black Star Farms in Sutton Bay. (We've covered their cider before.) It's a fruit-driven riesling, with slightly perfumey flower-pollen notes and some nice slate on the finish.

We appreciated this wine's clarity, though we wished the soft acidity had a little more backbone. This wine has a few strange flavors: a tangy sweetness that reminded us a bit of watermelon gum, and an unripe-banana note. It might do better with food—serve with grilled chicken glazed with apricot or chili pepper jam, or just a platter of prosciutto.

About $15.50, sample provided for review.

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