Blaufränkisch

Blaufränkisch is the most important Austrian red variety to many Austrian vintners despite the fact it is not the most largely planted. Although it's exact origins are not 100% determined, it is believe to be of Austrian decent. The grape's name breaks down to mean, "good, fine" grape. Blaufränkisch thrives deep soils, but also does well in lime soils. The best expressions of the grape come from Central Burgenland and South Burgenland, both sides of Lake Neusiedl and Carnumtum (in lower Austria.) The grapes is generally harvested late and is prone to botrytis-related grape stem rot. Tasting notes: Aroma: dark berry, boysenberry and mineral notes Palate: Appetizing acidity and firm tannin structure. Typical wine making technique: Needs at least two years of aging before it becomes approachable. The best vintages have incredible and aging potential fermented in new French oak barrels. Blaufränkisch is often blended with small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot.

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  • I tried to search for a forum about this but I couldn't find one, even though I'm sure there is somewhere. Put simply, I am extremely confused about French Wines - I know they don't put the varietal on the label but that's about it. How do you know what you're buying? Can anyone give me any details or direct me to any good references about this ... Read More

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  • Zantho Zweigelt 2006

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    I found this wine to have a spicy, red fruit character, typical of Zweigelt. Although this is a lighter style than some other Zweigelts I have tasted, I found it to be pleasurable to drink on its own. Although for a couple years of aging and the wine will develop a much more complex character. Read More

    Wine review by Constance Chamberlain


  • I am hoping someone with some pairing knowledge can help me. for Valentines day, I am making a nice, intimate dinner... I have pairings for the appetizer and dessert... but I am looking for a main dish pairing..I am basically making a bone-in pork chop, which I dredge in semolina flour (vs regular, cause I like the slight crust) and totally dr... Read More

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  • Channing Daughters Red Blend Long Island Rosso Fresco 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ranjit


  • This week we were discussing Blaufrankisch and I was remembering that on my trip in 2008 to the Finger Lakes it was being called Lemberger...and I wasn't too excited to try it. Now most places are using the name Blaufrankisch. Blaufrankisch sounds foreign and mysterious and lends itself a little better to marketing (I think), but which name do Y... Read More

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  • Blaufränkisch Lüss 2007

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    dark red hue, dark berries, spices, smooth tannin structure with good acid backbone, lingering. Read More

    Wine review by Franz Schneider


  • Zantho Zweigelt 2006

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    Wine review by zweig


  • Winzerkeller Neckenmarkt Blaufränkisch Neckenmarkt Classic 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Haendler


  • Moric Blaufränkisch 2007

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    Wine review by Haendler


  • Haus Marienberg-Mad Blaufränkisch Grosse Lage Marienthal 2006

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    Perfect. It´s all what I say! Read More

    Wine review by Tobiasmad


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