After 15 months of aging, 3 months oaking, Aaron checked the acidity level this past weekend and announced that it is now the optimal time for bottling. Wahooo!
I was excited about the white wine we blended, but not nearly as excited as I am about this red. Why do you ask? In September of 2008, we picked and bought 100 lbs of Marquette grapes from a local vineyard. This was a grape that was released from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Which means..... the first possible year ever that they were ready to be harvested was the fall of 2008, making this among the first of all vintages of this varietal of wine. It is an ideal cold hardy grape, and has been said by some that it could possibly make a wine that could rival California. We, among with several other wine makers in the state, are marching into unchartered territory. Unlike a Merlot, that has thousands of years of history, and winemaking notes detailing what it best lends itself to, the Marquette is only in its very first year of production. Winemakers are having a hay day experimenting and finding the ideal way to make this wine.
We are making wine making history here, folks!
Our wine bottle Christmas tree!