Frontenac

Frontenac’s overall viticultural performance and excellent wine quality are directly responsible for its success in Minnesota, where more of its vines are growing than any other variety. This red wine grape released in 1996 from the University of Minnesota is a cross of French-America hybrid Landot 4511 and native American Vitis riparia. The vine’s chief advantage is its vigorous and productive nature. The vine is extremely cold hardy, at least to -30 F (approx. -34 C) and has adapted well to the inhospitable winters of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Frontenac is also very resistant to disease, with good resistance to Powdery Mildew and Botrytis bunch rot, and almost complete immunity to Downy Mildew. High sugar levels, along with high acidity, are typical at harvest. Malolactic fermentation is vital to lessen the wine’s acidity. Wines have been described as being deeply colored, with a pleasing cherry aroma, and plum and berry often evident. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Coyote Moon Vineyards Frontenac 2011

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    Aged in oak barrels, Frontenac is a top of the line Dry Red wine rich with current, plum and hints of black cherry finishing with warm spice and vanilla, leaving a velvety feel on the tongue. Pair with red meats, red pastas that are hearty and flavorful, and lamb. Perfect with strong cheese and Italian bread. For the perfect finish have Frontena... Read More

    Wine review by claparr1


  • Coyote Moon Vineyards Twisted Sister 2011

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    Made from the new varietal FRONTENAC, this wine is an excellent balance, of plum, grape, black currant, raspberry and black cherry. It begins fruit forward, yet finishes not too sweet and not too dry just silky smooth. Serve with a salad, spaghetti, lasagna or grilled chicken, pork or beef. Read More

    Wine review by claparr1


  • Coyote Moon Vineyards Twisted Sister 2011

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    Love it, perfect sweetness one of my favs :) Read More

    Wine review by sjoyce11


  • Calvet Reserve 2006

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    Very nice. Light, crisp. Great with varied appetizers. Sunday reception at Fairmont Frontenac. Read More

    Wine review by lisasivy


  • Saint Croix Vineyards Rose NV

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    Tasted of wet dog and hay. Earthy but with a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Leah Mansback


  • In recent years there has been a proliferation of wineries in the upper ... of ... of us, such as Edelweiss, Frontenac and Marechal Foch. Apparently these are grapes that are hybrids. The wineries seem to be doing really well, but when the subject of hyrbid wines comes up, a lot of wine lovers are dismissive. Then I hear the wineries talking a... Read More

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  • Northern Vineyards Rivertown Red Minnesota

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    Art4Atom...Hopefully your taste in art isn't as bad as your taste in wine. Or ... have yet to find a better Frontenac than offered by Northern Vineyards Winery. I'm a home winemaker and I know from experience that Frontenac can produce a strong sometimes unpleasant smell, but Northern Vineyards Winery nailed it! Like I said before, this is the... Read More

    Wine review by Peter Pumpkineater


  • August Hill Winery Frontenac Elevage NV

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    86 points.This wines aroma is pungent and extremely earthy. This is almost like ... Post #33: Tasting Illinois Frontenac at August Hill Winery ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/25/post-33-tasting-illinois-frontenac-at-august-hill-winery/ Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth


  • August Hill Winery Hieland Red Rouge 2008

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    87 points.The nose is full of sweet, ripe fruit, but there is also a rustic ... Post #33: Tasting Illinois Frontenac at August Hill Winery ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/25/post-33-tasting-illinois-frontenac-at-august-hill-winery/ Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth


  • August Hill Illinois Frontenac Rosé NV

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    86 points.The aroma of this wine is slightly sweet with a bit of toast and ... ... Post #33: Tasting Illinois Frontenac at August Hill Winery ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/06/25/post-33-tasting-illinois-frontenac-at-august-hill-winery/ Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth


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