Maker: Charlevoix Moon, Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
Grape: Marechal Foch (at least 85%)
Place of origin: Charlevoix Moon estate, Tip of the Mitt AVA, Michigan, USA (at least 85%)
Purchased for $23 (Boyne City Farmers Market)
Appearance: Dark ruby.
Nose: Raspberry jam, sweet cherry, light oak.
Palate: Full bodied and semi-dry. A little oak, Fruit of the Forest pie, and white pepper.
Finish: Long. A little oaky, with some acid and sweetness.
Parting words: I talked about Charlevoix Moon when I reviewed one of their Beacon 17 Reisling here, so I won’t do that again. I will say that this is more of the sort of wine I expect to come from good producers in the Tip of the Mitt. That’s not a slam, just a statement of my expectations.
Better red hybrids like Foch are at their best in table-ish blends and varietal bottlings like this. There’s maybe a little more oak than I would like, but this is a well-made, food-friendly rosé that would pair well with grilled chicken, pork, or salmon. It even did well with the Reubens we ate tonight. Don’t scoff at the $23 price tag. This wine is well worth it. Charlevoix Moon’s 2019 Moon Shadow Rosé is recommended.