There's a thriving wine AVA on that strip of land, along with breweries and distilleries. I've tasted Michigan wines before and found them to be of very high quality, so I had high expectations when the OMP reps sent some of their wines to me for review. I was not disappointed.
Mari Vineyards Gamay Noir 2017
This wine is made from the grape of Beaujolais, Gamay, but grown on Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula. It is estate grown and bottled in Traverse City. The grape was first planted on OMP in the late 1980s.
The wine has a medium ruby hue and smells of the earth. Coffee and tea notes dance across dark fruit on the nose and palate. Acidity is quite fresh and the finish lasts a good while. Just another fine bottle from a state that really needs to get more recognition for its wines.
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