GOLD MEDAL 2014 FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, NEW YORK
Every year at Chankaska, the Petite Colline is the first wine we make. The Edelweiss and Brianna grapes in the blend are the very first grapes we pick. If those grapes are good, the rest of the wine just falls into place naturally. It’s the first wine we fall in love with every year, the first bright star in the evening sky.
Once again, a small portion of the wine, the Prairie Star, was fermented and aged in neutral oak to add creaminess and complexity. Each lot of grapes is harvested and fermented separately, with the final blend coming together in early winter. Gently filtered prior to bottling, we bottle the wine early in order to preserve its bright and fresh nature. In this, our third edition, we added the cold-climate grape, Petite Amie, which is known for its strong floral notes.
In the glass, the wine has aromas of peaches and pears, tropical notes of pineapple and coconut water, and wonderful floral nuances of apple blossom and rose petals. In the mouth, the wine is a delight; fresh, crisp, clean and intense with a scintillating edge of acidity balanced nicely against a slightly sweet and clean finish.
BLEND: La Crescent, Brianna, Prairie Star, Frontenac Gris, Saint Pepin, Edelweiss, Petite Amie
APPELLATION: 100% Minnesota
BARREL AGING: Approximately 5% neutral barrel fermented and aged, 95% stainless steel aged
ALCOHOL LEVEL: 12.9%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.75%
BOTTLING DATES: December 2013
RELEASE DATE: December 2013
$22.00 btl/$237.00 cs
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SILVER MEDAL 2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, CALIFORNIA
SILVER MEDAL 2013 RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, CALIFORNIA
BRONZE MEDAL 2013 FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Our second release of the “Petite Colline” Minnesota white wine blend is just a little different from our first offering in 2011. The wine has similar fruit notes of peach and pear, with a note of orange peel or marmalade. There is also a veritable “bouquet” of white flowers: orange blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle, lavender and rose, which all together give a pleasant almost “soapy” aroma that somehow reminds me of my dear maternal Grandmother’s house in summertime.
In the mouth, the wine is very fresh and crisp with a perfect balance of racy acidity and just a touch of sweetness; in fact this wine is a tad drier than the Gold medal-winning 2011 wine. It is also a bit leaner and tighter but I feel in the long run will exhibit a more focused structure and lend itself to food pairings better than its previous incarnation.
BLEND: Le Crescent, Prairie Star, Brianna, Edelweiss, Saint Pepin
BARREL AGING: 90% Stainless steel aged, 10% neutral French oak aged
ALCOHOL LEVEL: 13.1%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: .75%
BOTTLING DATES: December 2012
RELEASE DATE: February 2013