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Wine Awards

33 Competition Medals

  • 12 Gold

  • 14 Silver

  • 7 Bronze

International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC), Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Mid-America Wine Competition, INDY International Wine Competition




Marquette Limited Edition Red Wine

Medium Body; Black Cherry & Vanilla aromas, balanced fruit nose, hints of smokiness

Whether you are sitting by fire on a crisp evening, or enjoying the company of friends over a great meal, you want to have a wine that embodies your local heartiness.  Parley Lake's Marquette wine represents a taste that you can call your own.  California has their Merlot and Cabernet grapes, we have the Marquette.

Vintage 2012

Retail Price N/A


100% Marquette; Various MN Vineyards (Deardorff/Parley Lake, Hinterland, Oakshire)

Grape Background

The Marquette grape was released as a new hybrid by the University of Minnesota to much fanfare in 2006. The grape is based on Pinot Noir and integrates with barrel aging very well. It can be made into a medium to more intense still red wine with a full spectrum of oak aging from light to long.

Wine Maker's Notes

We harvest our Marquette grapes on or around late September each year. The 2012 harvest saw us bring our grapes in off the vines between September 8-20. We de-stemmed, crushed and started fermentation with BM4x4 yeast. After 10 days of fermentation on the skins, the wine was pressed and racked twice before being racked into barrels between November and December 2012. Aged in one barrel (B-27) for 34 months makes it our longest aged Marquette to date.

Wine Tasting Notes

Parley Lake Marquette Limited Edition has black cherry and vanilla aromas with layered levels of complex flavors. Its long finish is accented with a hint of smokiness. Marquette LE will benefit from decanting to open up the 34 months of oak aging.

Food Pairing Notes

Parley Lake Marquette pairs beautifully with lamb, roast duck, NY Strip Steak and even blackened walleye. Goat cheese, brie, walnuts and Creme Brulee also pair well.

Wine Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.2%     pH: 3.58   TA: 7.8     %RS: 0