Maker: Hawthorne Vineyards, Traverse City, Michigan, USA.
Grape: Gamay (at least 85%)
Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Traverse City, Michigan, USA.
Price: $12.50 (Meijer)
Appearance: Dark red.
Nose: Fruit punch, sweet cherry.
Palate: Sweet cherry pie, a little allspice.
Finish: Fruit and tannin.
Parting words: Almost a year ago, I reviewed the 2016 vintage of this wine for the second time. It had moved from being something of a fruit bomb, to something more complex and spicy. This wine is about halfway there. There’s still quite a lot of fruit, but a little spice is starting to develop. There are good things ahead for this wine, and given how good the 2017 vintage was, generally, it will probably end up being even better than its younger sibling. $12.50 is a steal for this wine. You’d be stupid NOT to buy a couple bottles of it at that price! Hawthorne’s 2017 Gamay Noir is recommended.