BRONZE MEDAL 2014 FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION, MINNESOTA
From the very beginning we have been working with the wonderful University of Minnesota grape La Crescent. Though the grape makes wonderful wine, we simply have not been able previously to buy or grow enough of it! In previous years, the La Crescent we grow on our property has been used in our popular Petite Colline blend, but for the first time this year, we were able to source La Crescent grapes from six vineyards other than our own. The quantity and quality were high enough that we decided to make a 100% varietal, 100% Minnesota-grown wine.
More than anything else, the wine tastes and smells like pineapple, and other tropical fruits such as mango and guava. There are also suggestion of ripe lemon, white flowers (jasmine, gardenia) and star-anise, that sweet, aromatic licorice-like Asian spice. The wine has excellent concentration, lasts long on the pallet, and finishes fresh and bright. On the sweet side, it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
The wine is simply wonderful to enjoy all by itself, but it can also pair with a variety of spicy and flavorful cuisines: Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, East Indian, North-African curries, spicy-savory combinations, or fruit-based sauces.
BLEND: La Crescent
BARREL AGING 100% cold-fermented and aged in stanless steel tank, no oak
ALCOHOL LEVEL: 12%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 6%
BOTTLING DATES: December 2013
RELEASE DATE: December 2013