This relatively-new French-American hybrid, is a cross of Goldriesleing and an American Vitis Rupestris vine. The grape is named after French WWI Field Marshal (General) Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929). It was developed by German enologist Eugene Kuhlmann, and it’s is official name is Kuhlmann 1882. Foch has deep, inky color, a light-to-medium structure, a peaceful balance between acid and tannin, and several dark berry-fruit characteristics.
The longer barrel time allowed the wine to add layers of pipe tobacco, vanilla, and licorice over the top of cherry and currant aromas. The wine was filtered prior to bottling in order to reduce the amount of sediment that would develop after bottling. The Foch was released exclusively to the Purple Cow Wine Club prior to making it available to the general public. Unfortunately there will not be a 2007 Marechal Foch due to the low quantity available for harvest that year.
Total Alcohol: 13.7%
Brix at Harvest: 23.1
Time in Barrel: 15 months
Clonal blend: 100% Marechal Foch
Source: Estate and Ruby Carbiener Vineyard