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Tasting Notes: Dry red wine that offers notes of fresh plum and blackberry and lingering notes of mocha with a nice round mouth-feel that is well-balanced. Perfect to drink now, but with its great aging potential, it will develop incredible nuance and structure over time.

Varietal: Petite Pearl
Appellation: Wisconsin Ledge
Vintage: 2022
Alcohol: 11.8%
RS: Dry
Oak: French

Award Highlights:

Double Gold, 2019 WI Prof Wine Competition
91 Points, 2019 Winemaker Challenge, San Deigo, CA
Best of Division, 2015 WI Professional Wine Competition
Best Overall Wine, 2015 WI Prof Wine Competition
Double Gold, 2015 WI Professional Wine Competition
Best of Division, 2014 WI Prof Wine Competition
Double Gold, 2014 WI Prof Wine Competition

Petite Pearl is a relatively new grape varietal, developed by grape breeder Tom Polcher, and first recognized by the federal government in 2014 as an official grape varietal. Owners, Steve and Maria, first experienced this grape at a wine conference in 2009, where samples of Petite Pearl wine were being offered. Steve was so impressed by the flavors and smoothness of the wine that he immediately bought all the root stock available. In 2010, Parallel 44 was amongst the first to plant this grape and later became the second winery in the world to make a wine from the grape. Lauded as a grape with vinifera like characteristics such as lower acidity and more tannin structure than other Midwest grapes, our Petite Peal continues to win high awards. This is Steve’s, our winemaker, favorite red wine.

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