Thanks for the kind remarks; bob. some of the fruits of my labor can be found in the 'what's new' section of our magazine - available free as a hard copy or as a pdf at http://www.michiganwines.com
when i ask our winemakers why the reds seem to be getting better, they tell me that it is a combination of learning more about cultural practices in the vineyards and how to treat the grapes in the winery. personally, in some cases i think it also is a matter of the oak barrels continually imparting less influence. at its best, the fruit quality here is something you don't want to hide with much oak.
so, i am saying that the reds have gotten better almost regardless of vintage. that said, the quality of the 2005's is so far above anything we have seen before that they need to be experienced to be believed. the color alone tells you something unusual has occurred.
I had hoped to speak to the aws conference in baltimore - but had to cancel. we are on a pretty short leash here at state government; and out of state travel is hard to pull off.
i'll try not to curb my instinct to hit 'reply' too often. again, thanks for the kind remarks; Sincerely; David