Maker: Hawthorne Vineyards, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Place of origin: Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Michigan, USA (at least 85%)
Grape: Gamay Noir (at least 85%)
Purchased for $14 (Meijer)
Nose: Cedar, white pepper, crushed blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate seed, jowl bacon.
Palate: Light bodied. Fruity but semi-dry. Mulberry, raspberry, table grapes, plum.
Finish: A little acid, but mostly tannin and orchard fruit. Fades quickly.
Parting words: I last reviewed this wine over a year ago in September of 2018 when it was around two years old. When I compare those notes to this one, it seems like those months have made a pretty big difference. The wine has deepened and gotten more complex with spice and oak notes getting more prominent. In Beaujolais terms, this wine is moving from out of Fleurie and toward Morgon. I still have one more bottle in my cellar which I plan to open in another year or two to see how it’s changed again! And the older it gets, the better the price gets. 2016 Hawthorne Gamay is recomennded.