The wine is somewhat lighter in color, a bit of a cross between Pinot Noir and a Merlot, with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of green grass, mint and a hint of pipe tobacco. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry, black cherry and kirsch that transition to some warm spice notes midpalate. The finish is somewhat subdued, with mild acidity and mellow tannins supporting a smooth dry finish.
|My view of the big lake in Saint Joseph, Michigan!|
Now I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a big fan of my local red wines, as so much of it lacks depth or more often is just a sweet cherry fruit bomb, but having visited this winery, they have made some good progress with nice dry red wines and this one is no exception, so I'd rate it a solid 8. An easy drinking red blend like this should be easy to pair with a variety of dishes, but as always I had to make it challenging, so tonight I'm enjoying this wine with panko crusted pork chops with some pasta and fresh green beans. The subdued fruit and mild acidity of this wine makes it a prime target for pork, cheers!