2016 Dornfelder — AVA Long Island

Here is a very special, very small production wine made from a single varietal that we have released only once before. Let us introduce you to this delicious bottling of our 2016 Dornfelder. Dornfelder is a black grape variety originating from a German crossing of two vinifera grapes called Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe.  Dornfelder has great pigmentation, is juicy and aromatic. We have blended in a bit of Pinot Noir (15%) for elegance, acid balance, as well as flavor and aromatic complexity. This wine was raised in older oak barrels for eight months and bottled by gravity. All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, punched down by hand and fermented with wild/ambient yeast. This is a darkly fruited, brambly, savory and delicious bottle of wine. Our 2016 Dornfelder is super youthful and will benefit from decanting (if drinking now) as well as another 4-5 years of time in the bottle. This wine has wonderful juicy acidity so match with rich, fatty fish dishes, braised meat dishes, roast pork and wild boar pappardelle in addition to smoked bluefish, wild salmon, lobster thermidor and surf and turf!  198 cases produced.  6 bottle max per customer.