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I have 8 Marquette vines here in Northwest PA that are about 10 years old. My best harvest years yield a 5 gallon carboy of finished wine. I’d be interested in hearing success stories for blending. My wife doesn’t particularly care for the strong “peppery“ flavor. I have tried Niagara and Catawba blends with the Marquette and also back sweetening without great results. I may try the petite pearl however not certain of local availability. Any suggestions from those that have worked with Marquette?
 

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Interesting thought. I don’t have ready access to Viognier but maybe will try something similar. I have currently in bulk aging local Diamond, Seyval Blanc, Niagara, Catawba, Vignoles and Traminette. Along with several Chilean reds. Too many to do a bunch of blending bench trials so hoping to narrow options to maybe what others have success with.
 

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While I’m waiting on a passing shower to get back to raking up rocks I will report on out winery tour yesterday. We visited three in NE WIsconsin that grow their own. Since I’m establishing a hobby vineyard (Marquette and Petite Pearl to start) we focused on those wines. All three Marquette varietals were unique but the Duck Creek was best followed closely by Cold Country. Didn’t even buy one from Parallel 44. The Best northern red of the day was the Petite Pearl from Duck Creek Winery. All of the Brianna’s were nice as well as the only Frontenac Blanc. I have yet to find a Foch that I like nor a Verona. Although I have had good blends with both.

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can you elaborate on the Marquette tannin, acid, flavor, aroma etc.
I’m not good at this but I’ll try. the Duck Creek Marquette is fruity with light tannin. A little spice too. I opened a bottle for dinner and it’s actually a little sharp at the end (acidic) but good with food. My wife thought it was too acidic. After an hour in the decanter I finished it off and it’s less sharp now.

the Cold Country says it’s “medium bodied with cherry and blackberry notes”. I remember tasting the cherry. Also light on tannin.

I don’t remember that much about the Parallel 44. It was a little bolder but it had an aroma and up-front taste that I didn’t like.

I’d say the blends are still my favorites. I also tasted a petite Pearl rose that I liked.
 

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While I’m waiting on a passing shower to get back to raking up rocks I will report on out winery tour yesterday. We visited three in NE WIsconsin that grow their own. Since I’m establishing a hobby vineyard (Marquette and Petite Pearl to start) we focused on those wines. All three Marquette varietals were unique but the Duck Creek was best followed closely by Cold Country. Didn’t even buy one from Parallel 44. The Best northern red of the day was the Petite Pearl from Duck Creek Winery. All of the Brianna’s were nice as well as the only Frontenac Blanc. I have yet to find a Foch that I like nor a Verona. Although I have had good blends with both.

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Wisconsin seems to be a hotspot for Marquette grape vineyards
----I enjoyed Sunday 5/22 a 2020 harvest single estate bottle of Marquette wine. The grapes were grown in Michigan east of Port Huron. I harvested, crushed, fermented, the grapes myself. I have to say it's better than many commercial off the shelf wines from California. I've also harvested and made wine from Petite Pearl grapes vintage 2020, and 2021. I'm planning to blend Petite Pearl 75% and 25% Marquette, amd get at least two cases. That seems to be the sweet spot for Petite Pearl wine. Oh yea. I have a quart jar of Brianna jelly/jam. Brianna grapes from the same vineyard.
 

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I’m not good at this but I’ll try. the Duck Creek Marquette is fruity with light tannin. A little spice too. I opened a bottle for dinner and it’s actually a little sharp at the end (acidic) but good with food. My wife thought it was too acidic. After an hour in the decanter I finished it off and it’s less sharp now.

the Cold Country says it’s “medium bodied with cherry and blackberry notes”. I remember tasting the cherry. Also light on tannin.

I don’t remember that much about the Parallel 44. It was a little bolder but it had an aroma and up-front taste that I didn’t like.

I’d say the blends are still my favorites. I also tasted a petite Pearl rose that I liked.
Just curious, how do these wines compare to my blend?
 

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My Marquette are in full bloom and shoots are about 6-10”. We had a light frost last night. I’ll know by tomorrow if they were bit. I did not shoot thin them yesterday because of the threat of frost. They looked the best they ever did. The 5 year olds are finally ready. The Brianna’s are looking good too. Lost about 10 Louise Swensens and a couple Prairie Stars. About 75% of my cuttings from last year survived then winter. Concords, Sabrevois, PS and Brianna’s cuttings show promise. Sitting on about 40 gallons of 2020 Marquette wine in the basement. I should bottle it.
thinking about grinning out the Louise Swensens and putting in either more Marquette, Brianna or give a shot at the Petite Pearl. That would be a next year project. Anyone coming down the interstate I-90/94 in west central Wisconsin stop in. We’re 3 miles off right where the”I divides”.
 

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I'm just south of lake geneva, dropped to 35 last night, but no frost. My marquette are about the same stage as yours. They're looking really nice.
 

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Just curious, how do these wines compare to my blend?
I was really focusing on the varietals with this tasting. The two Marquette’s were pretty good but they all had blends that were better. None of them grow Verona.
Your 2017 was still better as I remember it… I’ll need another bottle or two to be sure😉

ETA. Maybe that’s what all of the ones I tasted need… a little more aging to smooth them out! They were al 20 and 21.

We may have had a touch of frost here last night but the asparagus and apple blossoms looked ok this morning.
 
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Wisconsin seems to be a hotspot for Marquette grape vineyards
----I enjoyed Sunday 5/22 a 2020 harvest single estate bottle of Marquette wine. The grapes were grown in Michigan east of Port Huron.

I didn't think that there WAS any Michigan east of Port Huron!? Simple typo, or is there a more interesting story?
 
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