One of the first wineries I visited in the Lake Michigan Shore appellation, which is in southwestern Michigan between the Indiana border and Grand Rapids. Karma Vista does great things with Syrah – this wine is a blend of 2/3 Merlot and 1/3 Syrah for a softer feel.
Karma Vista Karisma (2011) Lake Michigan Shore, Michigan – $20
Color: quite dark purple-black.
Aroma: a chewy, brambley nose with tar, licorice, and black fruit notes.
Taste: quite tannic, with plums, bing cherry, and spice. Needs air! Has some hard-candy notes as it opens up.
Big and quite tasty – the fruit quality in this is top-notch. Recommended!