Maker: Bowers Harbor, Lake Leelanau, Michigan, USA
Grapes: Unknown (likely some hybrids in the mix)
Place of origin: Michigan, USA
Purchased for $13
Appearance: Brick red with long thick legs, pretty close together.
Nose: Semi-sweet and jammy. Black cherry jam, cedar, a touch of foxiness.
Palate: More tart than the nose would suggest. Blueberry jam, blackberries, oak.
Finish: Chewy and sweet. Wild blackberries, leather, a bit of tartness.
Parting words: This wine was a bit of a surprise to me, but it shouldn’t have been. It was sweeter than I expected but still has enough underlying structure to keep it from falling into pop wine territory. It seemed more like a table wine to me than the French-style red blend I was expecting. I should have looked more closely at the label, because it says right under the boat “Red Table Wine”.
The price is a little more than I like to pay for table wines, but I liked it over all. It did OK with our supper of homemade macaroni and cheese. My wife said that she prefers that style of wine in the summertime, and I can’t disagree with her there. Red Cépages works best as a casual warm weather sipper. As such, it is recommended.