A new wine! From one of our prized sites! 2011 presented us with some low yields for some varieties. Blaufrankisch was one of those, and our lack of fruit provided a new opportunity. The Dornfelder was beautiful as was the little bit of Blau so why not take the chance to feature a grape of ours that is rarely featured. Not to mention, the blend is just plain delicious. Over the years these varieties have proven both their affinity to each other and to our climate, and we love to use both. So here you go…Our 2011 Dorn & Blau is comprised of 68% Dornfelder and 32% Blaufranksich. We feel the Dornfelder and Blaufranksich are a great match and together highlight the darker colors, briary, bramble and spice fruit character of these two grapes. This 2011 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, a resiny savory spice and a touch of smoked meat. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian 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 23rd, 2013. Our 2011 Dorn & Blau Mudd West Vineyard is a great match with wild game, venison, pork roasts, lamb burgers, beef stew, mushrooms, hoisin and would be delicious with pappardelle and wild boar ragu or any salted, cured porcine product! 163 cases produced.