By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.chateauchantal.com/
While the state of Michigan has been gaining traction for some of its tasty white wines, the reds – for many – have not been what they’re looking for. The industry there is still very young and a lot of wineries are still trying to figure out what grows the best in each micro-climate.
This is a red blend that sources grapes from both the Old Mission Peninsula area as well as some Malbec from Argentina.
- Blend (if any): 68% Michigan Red Blend, 32% Malbec
- Bottling Date: Continuous
- Appellation: Michigan
- Residual Sugar: .5%
- Alcohol at Bottling: 12%
- Total Acid at Bottling: 6.5 g/l
- pH at bottling 3.52
- Oak usage None
- Price: $11.49
Nose: Smoked cedar plank, peppercorn, cranberry, mocha and red delicious apple,
Taste: A well-structured Pinot blend that really does a good job of showcasing that beautiful, cranberry tartness up front and then follows it with savory notes of smoke, cocoa, cedar, spice and raisin. Good combo of fruit, tannin and acid that create a desireable mid palate and lead into a finish that lingers pretty good. Because there’s no oak in this wine, it has a rather “fresh”, young feel to it and for some situations that’s not a bad thing at all.