2012 Minnesota Marquette
The fruit for this Marquette was sourced from eight different Minnesota grape growers, mostly within 30 miles of our winery. These are small family owned and operated vineyards, all the work is done with hands and hearts of individuals and multi-generational family teams. Some of these vineyards have as few as 300 vines, while others may have 3,000.
Processed and vinted in separate small batches, this Marquette came together slowly by multiple tasting trials to achieve the final “cuvee”, or blend, with a small portion of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah added to round-out the mix.
Aromas of black cherry and mulberry dominate with harmonious suggestions of strawberry jam, wood smoke and tanned leather. In the mouth the wine is medium bodied, rich and smooth, with bright “chunky” tannins that will soften with additional time in the bottle. The finish is rather bright and lively, and leaves the mouth “watering” for more.
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, New York
Cold Climate Wine Competition, Minnesota
San Francisco International Wine Competition, California