F2 is a Wisconsin original. It is a 50/50 blend of two grapes grown in the vineyards of Parallel 44 and across the state, Frontenac and Foch (usually known as Marechal Foch). So when it came time to name this wine we decided that ‘F’rontenac X ‘F’och = ‘F2’. This is meant to be pronounced as F squared and not F two. This wine is a result of Winemaker Steve’s belief that blending of our cold climate grape varietals will lead to the best expression of wine from this region.
When it comes to red wine, the term age-ability often comes up. Age-ability is that characteristic of some wines, but not all that will allow the wine to develop nuance and subtle flavors over time, as in years of time. Acidity is the backbone or the required chemistry necessary in grapes and wines that allow it to maintain a structure or framework for flavors, tannins, color, and mouthfeel to evolve. While many Californian winemakers would feel intimated by the very high acidities that result from our varietals and our cooler climate, they would yearn for the structure our acidities can provide.
F2 clearly demonstrates the maturing process that occurs if cold climate reds are allowed to age for a year or two or more before enjoyment. This 2012 vintage now barely resembles what it once was when bottled. The toast of oak and the passage of time will leave you with the dark chocolate expressions that comes from mature Frontenac wine.
This dry, full-bodied blend has fruit forward aromatics with lingering notes of dark cherry. A wine to enjoy now but will only get better over time. The 2012 vintage was 100% grown at Parallel 44. The 2013 vintage is 100% Wisconsin grown. Pair with steak, roast, ribs, and red sauces.
Best of Division, 2016 WI Professional Wine Competition
Double Gold, 2016 WI Professional Wine Competition