Producer: Cannon River Winery
Region: Minnesota
Grapes: Marquette & Marachel Foch
Barrel Program: 24 months in American oak (30% new)
ABV: 13.6%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Cannon River Winery 2015 Family Reserve Red

88 points

Smells almost like an East Coast Bordeaux variety blend in its combination of plum and blackberry fruit with a subtle earthy, herbal edge and spices.

The medium-bodied palate starts off with a fruitcake spiciness with ripe black fruits, hints of carob, dried herb and autumn leaves. Medium intense, likely oak-borne, tannins provide structure along with fresh acidity. Both fun and serious, this is an ambitious wine that pushes where these grapes can go.

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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