The 2 Lads winery itself is a destination in the countryside not too far from Traverse City, Michigan. It is built in a super modern style, sited on a bluff with a great view that includes sections of their 23 acres of vines. The 2 Lads Winery produces white, rosé and red wines. Given the northern location, it’s not surprising that two pinot noirs topped my list of best-crafted wines during an impromptu tasting here: the 2016 Pinot Noir and the “reserve category” 2016 Cuvée Beatrice. Both had light, bright fruit with a tinge of burnt sugar and earthiness. The Cuvée Beatrice also showed an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, enriching the flavors and compensating for some shortness in the finish. Both wines erred slightly on the side of sweetness for me, but this seemed only to enhance their popularity with other tasting room customers.

WHO: 2 Lads Winery

WHAT: pinot noir

WHERE: Traverse City, Michigan, US

HOW MUCH: $44 (at tasting room; media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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