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Our Dorn & Blau is a wine we have only made twice before, in 2011 and 2013. This 2014 version is without a doubt the most realized and best version yet. 2014 presented us with lots of beautiful fruit and both our Blaufrankisch and our Dornfelder were gorgeous, so we wanted to make this unique expression again (not to mention the blend is just plain delicious). Over the years these varieties have proven their affinity to each other and with our climate and we love to use both. So here you go...Our 2014 Dorn & Blau is comprised of 81% Dornfelder and 19% Blaufranksich. We feel the Dornfelder and Blaufranksich are a great match and together highlight the darker colors, briary, bramble, gamey meat and spiced fruit character of these two grapes. This 2014 wine has a dark ruby-red colored rim with purple inflections and an opaque core. The aromas and flavors are full of black raspberry, black plum, blackberry, lavender, violet, tar, a resiny savory spice and a touch of smoked game meat. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with silky texture and great concentration. The alcohol is moderate, the acids juicy and balanced; the tannins are present but soft and the wine offers a great deal of pleasure and a long delicious finish. All the fruit was hand-picked from the Mudd West Vineyard in Hallockville on the North Fork, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand in small one-ton bins. The wine spent 18 months in old French and Slovenian oak barrels and hogsheads. The wine was bottled by gravity on April 10th, 2016. Our 2014 Dorn & Blau is a great match with wild game (flying or four-legged), venison, pork roasts, lamb burgers, sausages (especially merguez or chorizo), short ribs, truffle cheeses, hoisin, teriyaki and would be delicious with pappardelle and wild boar ragu or any salted, cured porcine product! This wine is still youthful and tight and while quite delicious now, it will benefit from additional cellaring for another 6-8 years. For optimal immediate enjoyment we suggest splash decanting this wine into a decanter or carafe to give it some air and allow it to open up! Enjoy! 134 cases produced. Sorry, only enough to send our beloved wine club one bottle each. While no follow-up purchases will be available, our 2013 vintage is linked below.