Great review of Thousand Islands Winery Marquette by David and Leah Valvo of Wineforecaster.com appearing on Syracuse.com. The 2014 Marquette is an estate cold-hardy grape grown and produced at Thousand Islands Winery. An offspring of Pinot Noir, this medium-bodied wine is lightly aged in French and Hungarian Oak. It offers a cherry aroma while presenting flavors of blackberry and pepper, finishing with well-rounded tannins.
Marquette is an inter-specific hybrid red wine grape variety. It was developed at the University of Minnesota, and is a cross between two other hybrids, MN 1094 and Ravat 262. Marquette was introduced in 2006. Marquette is a cousin of Frontenac and grandson of Pinot noir. It originated from a cross of MN 1094, a complex hybrid of V. riparia, V. vinifera, and other Vitis species, with Ravat 262. Viticulturally, Marquette is outstanding. Resistance to downy mildew, powdery mildew, and black rot has been very good. Its open, orderly growth habit makes vine canopy management efficient.
Grape information and image supplied by the University of Minnesota. For more information about Marquette and other cold-hardy grapes visit their website page at www.mnhardy.umn.edu.