2013 Dorn & Blau – Sylvanus Vineyard, The Hamptons, LI

Our Dorn & Blau is a wine we have only made once before, in 2011.  2013 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 2013 Dorn & Blau is comprised of 62% Dornfelder and 38% Blaufranksich.  We feel the Dornfelder and Blaufranksich are a great match and together highlight the darker colors, briary, bramble, game meat and spiced fruit character of these two grapes. This 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, 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 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 our Sylvanus Vineyard on our farm 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 old French and Slovenian oak barrels and hogsheads. The wine was bottled by gravity on October 27th, 2014. Our 2013 Dorn & Blau Sylvanus Vineyard 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, terriyaki 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 8-10 years. 132 cases produced. 6 bottles max per customer.