Producer: Shady Lane Cellars
Region: Leelanau Peninsula AVA
Blend: 100% riesling
Production: 100 cases
ABV: 11.5%
Price: $26*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Shady Lane Cellars 2016 “Pomeranz” Riesling

Shady Lane Cellars 2016 "Pomeranz" Riesling

87 points

Earthy and tea-tinged, this "orange" riesling is a bit lacking in the fruit aroma and flavor department, but it's a fascinating expression of Michigan riesling.

There is a minty-herby edge to the autumnal nose dominated by leaves, dried apricot, dried pineapple, orange peel, and Earl Grey tea. It's even earthier on the palate where tea and dried fall leaves are front and center with notes of golden raisin, dried flowers and nutty lees.

It's broad and balanced, bone dry and textural with tannins that are noticeable but not hard, which I've found can happen when combined with riesling's noted acidity.

A bit more fruit would have really elevated this wine, but it's still a wine to ponder and appreciate on an intellectual level. Make sure you don't over-chill.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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