Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lincoln Peak Vineyard Marquette 2008

Now, first of all, the shout out here has to go to Richard Olsen-Harbich of Raphael, who asked me to try this wine. And I will tell you what I told him - "I freakin' hate Marquette." Sorry to the proud parents of that grape (University of Minnesota), but I have not yet liked a wine made with those grapes.

"Have you tried the one from Vermont?" he asked confindently. And then he escorted me to the New England tasting table at the Wineries Unlimited tasting reception. And he poured me a taste.

The Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located 3 miles north of Middlebury, Vermont, and 32 miles south of Burlington, just off of US Route 7. They have twelve acres of good Vermont land; short, hot summers and cool, sunny autumns and a dedicated farm crew to tend the vines.

And it seems like Chris Granstrom, co-owner and winemaker, and his wife, Michaela, have been doing something right. Lincoln Peak Vineyard won 5 awards at the recently judged International Cold Climate Wine Competition in St Paul, Minnesota. Over 300 wines were entered. The judges awarded 4 Double Gold Medals, and Lincoln Peak Vineyard took 2 of them. Their 2008 Lacrescent and 2008 Marquette were the Double Gold winners. The Marquette took the "Best in Show" Red Wine trophy.

Rich watched me as I sipped, with a smile on his face.

Their Marquette is a dry red wine made from the Marquette grape. It has good tannins, cherry and black pepper aromas. It’s similar to a Rhone-style red wine. Really well balanced. Great flavors. A very, very nice wine!!!

Thanks Rich, and thanks Lincoln Peak. Congrats!
p.s. and apologies to the Uof M Marquette guys. I found one I really, relly liked. I take it all back!