FRONTENAC Reserve 2020
Aged 9 months in American oak, aromas of blueberry jam and ginger snap are predominant in the bouquet. Raspberry and plum jelly meet woody notes of sweet cedar, broken green twig and charred oak. The aromas carry to the palate, the fruit is upfront with notes of baking spice and an oaky finish. The bright acidity in this wine balances the rich profile and it pairs with a wide variety of foods.
Minimal interference with this wine – bottled unfiltered and sur lees; decanting is recommended.
Spaghetti and meatballs, braised lamb, ratatouille, smoked meats
or spiced pork loin.
Frontenac was developed at the University of Minnesota. It is a French – American hybrid variety of Vitis Riparia x Landot Noir. It’s very disease resistant, cold tolerant and is a consistently heavy producer, with small, black berries in medium to large clusters. Frontenac’s deep garnet color complements its distinctive cherry aroma and inviting palate of blackberry, black currant, and plum. This versatile grape can be made into a variety of wine styles, including rosé, red, and port.
This is on the heavier side for our Frontenac wines. The profile is an awesome balance of spice, oak and fruit which all carry to the palate with a vibrant acidity – this makes it really food friendly. A lesser known variety that I encourage people to try!