From the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, it shows a rich, dark plum color in the glass with good viscosity. On the nose is fig, dark berries, chocolate, and coffee. It smells like a big California Cab with oak prominent but restrained. This is a full-bodied wine with medium plus tannins that reveal berries, chocolate, leather, and coffee on the palate. The taste confirms the nose. This is the most California/Bordeaux style wine we tasted: bold yet drinkable with a long finish. It’s magic after 10 minutes in the glass.
This expression of Cabernet Franc shows that the grape is perhaps more versatile then we realized, especially in the deft hands of Winemaker Chris Southern. In the glass it is a light garnet color and gives aromas of cranberry, sweet cherry, and leather. This wine is fruit forward with great structure, balance, and light to medium tannins. Easy drinking. As one of our tasters described it, “It’s smooth like a ‘68 T-top Convertible Stingray.” This is a Pinot Noir lover’s Cabernet Franc. It is no wonder it took home a gold medal at the August 2021 Judgement of Michigan.