2017 Black Star Farms Arcturus Cabernet Franc and a BBQ Burger

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At the National Cabernet Franc Wine Competition held December 2nd, 2020, Black Star Farms earned a Silver Medal Award from the Professional Judges and the People’s Choice Judges awarded a Bronze Medal for their 2017 Cabernet Franc. This was Black Star Farms first year entering the wine competition. You can read more about the event at:


The Winery

(from Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail)

The winery is located on the Black Star Farms 160 acre winery estate about a 15 minute drive from Traverse City, Michigan. The property on the rolling hills of the Leelanau Peninsula is a local favorite for weddings, wine tastings, equestrian facility, hiking trails and even has a beautiful Inn on the property. This property serves some gourmet meals and has won Best Wine Country Hotel by USA and Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.

The winery has a broad selection of both white and red wines. The white wine selections include:  Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Barrel Aged Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Blanc. Their red wines include: Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Merlot, red blends and of course Cabernet Franc. Additionally they produce sparkling, Rosé, fruit and dessert wines!  A wine for all palates!

The Wine

Michigan with its extended growing season and cooler climate is a great location for Cabernet Franc. The wine on the eyes was a deep ruby red with purple hues. On the nose blackberries and red plums jumped out of the glass. On the palate, lots of green herbaceous notes were found in the background but not the strong pyrazines normally associated with Cabernet Franc which made this unique and enjoyable to drink. The finish was medium and enjoyable with food or without food. Black Star Farms states this can be stored up to 5 years plus. 

The wine was paired with a BBQ’ed seared medium rare beef burger. The fruit and herb qualities enveloped the burger perfectly. It has earned other awards including Gold at the Great Lakes Tasting, Silver at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition as well as Michigan Wine Competition.

I look forward to tasting some of their other wines specifically, their Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer and their dry Riesling which have also won many awards!






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