Channing Daughters Blaufrankisch
|Region||United States, New York, North Fork of Long Island|
We are always very happy to release a new vintage of our lovely Blaufränkisch. Over the years this variety has proven its affinity with our climate and we love to use it both as a blending grape and as a varietal bottling. This is a special grape, classified by Charlemagne in the 8th century and grown all over middle and northern Europe with a particular fondness for Austria. Our 2008 version is comprised of 75% Blaufränkisch and 25% Merlot. The wine has a clear ruby red color with purple inflections. The aromas and flavors are full of red and black raspberries, plums, anise, liqourice, spices and a touch of smoked meat. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian texture. The alcohol is moderate, the acid juicy and balanced, the tannins are present but soft, and the wine offers a great deal of pleasure and a delicious finish. All the fruit was hand-picked from our farm in Bridgehampton, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand in small one ton bins. The wine was raised in one to eight year old French, American and Slovenian oak barrels for fourteen months. The wine was bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on December 18, 2009. Our 2008 Blaufränkisch is a great match with game (furred or feathered), hard mountain and washed rind cheeses, earthy grain and squash based dishes, and would be yummy with a pasta dish like pappardelle and wild boar ragu. 318 cases produced.