Cannon River Winery 2016 Marquette

87 points

Bright, piercing aromas of blackberry and cassis show a nice black pepper and umami edge. Medium bodied, this gulpable red is quite fruity at its core with more black and blue fruits at the fore, with subtle, high-toned spice and black pepper savoriness without the overt oak footprint I've found in many Marquettes in the region. Low in tannin, but with fresh acidity that balances just a bit of sweetness here. If this were a wine made from an obscure native variety from Italy or Franch, New York City sommeliers would be falling all over themselves to put it on their "glou glou" wine lists.

Producer: Cannon River Winery
AVA: Minnesota
ABV: 13%
RS: 1.5%
Price: $17.50

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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