2016 Blaufrankisch – Mudd West Vineyard

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 2016 version is comprised of 75% Blaufrankisch and 25% Dornfelder. This 2016 Blau has a ruby-red colored rim with purple inflections and an opaque core. The aromas and flavors are pronounced, sexy and full of purple flowers, black plum, black raspberry, boysenberry, blackberry, lavender, violet, tobacco leaf and a resiny savory spice. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian texture and great concentration. And all we did was pick ripe, healthy, beautiful grapes and de-stem them in a bin. The alcohol is moderate (11.5%), the acid is juicy and balanced; the tannins are present but soft and the wine offers a great deal of pleasure, bold aromatics 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 eight months in older oak hogsheads and barrels. The wine was bottled on May 15th, 2017. Our 2016 Blaufrankisch Mudd West Vineyard is a great match with grains, game meats, pork and lamb chops, beef roasts, mushrooms, aged cheeses and veal. While irresistible now this wine will be even better with another 6-8 years more bottle aging, so pick up a few to taste along its evolution. 128 cases produced. 6 bottle max per customer.