2012 Marquette Reserve
This wine is without a doubt the finest red wine yet produced at Chankaska; a brilliant follow-up to the 2011 Reserve. It was created from the very best lots of fruit available in Minnesota including our own Estate Vineyard fruit. The wine is again blended with a small percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and was aged for nine months in second-year Minnesota grown oak barrels and neutral French oak. No new oak was used in the aging.
The wine is everything a great red wine should be; it is rich, complex, deeply aromatic, full-bodied, dry, and has a delightfully intense and long finish. Primary fruit aromas are black cherry and mulberry, with hints of “forest floor” (wet leaves, earth and mushrooms), and hints of spice (cinnamon, clove, and allspice) from the second-year Minnesota oak barrels.
Already a Gold-medal winner at the 2013 International Cold Climate Wine Competition, the wine will only get better, richer, smoother and more complex as it ages in the bottle.
Cold Climate Wine Competition, Minnesota