2013 Blaufrankisch – Mudd West Vineyard, North Fork of LI

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We are always very happy to release a new vintage of our lovely Blaufrankisch. 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. Our 2013 version is comprised of 76% Blaufrankisch and 24% Dornfelder.  The 2013 wine has a dark ruby-red colored rim with purple inflections and an opaque core. The aromas and flavors are full of black raspberry, boysenberry, blackberry, lavender, violet, a resiny savory spice and smoked meat/game. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian texture and great concentration. We picked ripe, healthy, beautiful grapes and de-stemmed them in a bin. The alcohol is moderate, the acid is 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, fermented wild/ambiently, crushed by foot and punched down by hand in small one-ton bins. The wine spent 12 months in older oak puncheons, hogsheads and barrels. The wine was bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on October 31st 2014. Our 2013 Blaufrankisch Mudd West 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! While delicious now this wine will be even better with 8-10 years more bottle aging, so pick up a few to taste along its evolution. 128 cases produced. 6 bottle max per club member.