The Marquette grape vine (named for 17th Century Jesuit missionary and explorer) has only been available to the public since 2006. It is a hybrid grape with Pinot Noir in its lineage and was created by Peter Hemstad and James Luby at the University of Minnesota, which is one of the foremost cold-hardy grape breeding facilities in the United States. Marquette is prized in our area because it is extremely cold hardy, regularly tolerating temperatures between -20º and -30º Fahrenheit. Marquette is one of the youngest vines on our farm, but we are confident it will become a favorite.
This Wine's Characteristics
Marquette is a single varietal red wine produced with 100% Illinois grown grapes. As a classic, medium-bodied, French-style wine, Marquette is elegant ruby in color and balanced with an integration of subtle pepper and dark red fruits. This wine is complex and lush on the mouth, aged in French oak, and finishes with elegant tannin structure and a clean, racy acidity.
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