Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chateau de Leelanau 2012 Hawkins Red, Leelanau Peninsula

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Each year our neighbors venture up to Traverse City to take part in one of the many festivals in this great wine-producing region of Michigan. This year they brought back a red to sample.

While their taste runs a bit sweeter than ours, they brought back a real winner: Chateau de Leelanau Hawkins Red. It is our first sampling of this wine, and we hope it isn’t our last.

The wine is made from the Regent grape – and that’s a first for us. It is a cool-weather red grape that is disease resistant. It was introduced in the late ‘90s. The wine is inky black in the glass and silky smooth on the tongue.

This has become a trademark wine for CDL and we can see why. It has delicious flavors of blackberry juice and strawberries. There is a kick of Sweet Tart and a hit of toffee.

It retails for $17 and is an anytime wine that is sure to please the wine novice as well as the wine expert who probably has never tasted Regent grapes.

Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 3.5 of 5

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