2012 American Marquette
This, our second edition of our award winning “American” Marquette, was primarily grown in a well-established family vineyard in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and has a small amount of California Petite Sirah blended in for increased concentration, weight, and complexity. It is similar to the 2011 version, but shows additional depth and sophistication in its structure.
The wine is medium bodied and quite rich for its youth. Aromas of black cherry, mulberry, and pomegranate stand out, with hints of fresh leather and wood-smoke from ageing in Minnesota-grown oak barrels. There is also a slightly sweet and earthy aroma of damp-leaves in autumn.
The wine is powerful, but not overly so, it is firm, but not hard or angular, it will continue to soften and gain complexity as it ages in the bottle. This wine will pair perfectly with an array of grilled-foods, pizza, tomato-based pastas and hearty soups or stews.
Cold Climate Wine Competition, Minnesota
San Francisco International Wine Competition, California