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 Sylvanus Vineyard Blaufrankisch is comprised, as it often is, of 75% Blaufrankisch and 25% Dornfelder. We feel the Dornfelder is a great match as a blending grape with its darker color, briary, bramble and spice fruit character. The 2013 wine has a dark ruby-red colored rim with purple inflections and an opaque purple core. The aromas and flavors are full of lilacs, raspberries, black raspberries, plums, boysenberries, violets, brown spice and black pepper. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian texture and great concentration. The alcohol is moderate (12%), 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 our Sylvanus vineyard here in Bridgehampton on the South Fork, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand in small one ton bins. The wine spent 12 months in hogsheads, puncheons and barriques made from old French and Slovenian oak. This Blau was bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on October 27th, 2014. Our 2013 Blaufrankisch Sylvanus Vineyard is a great match with venison, pork roasts, meatballs, duck, game birds, veal chops, hard mountain and washed rind cheeses as well as earthy grain and squash based dishes. This wine would also be a great choice for smoked bluefish and richer fish preparations. Our 2013 Sylvanus Vineyard Blau is quite youthful and will age in the bottle easily for at least five years! Irresistible now as well, it will benefit from decanting and large stemware! Enjoy...219 cases produced.