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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  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... ... between St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch and the grape seems tailor made for Thanksgiving dinner with its cranberry and baking spice flavors. One of our favorite examples, the Zantho Zweigelt begins with spicy dark berry and cranberry aromas along with cinnamo... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values


  • Emark, that's a bummer.  I know I'd be anxious and hopeful about ... ... blend of zweigelt, blaufrankisch and St. Laurant.  Comes across kind of like a cross between very young CA pinot and very young zi Read More

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  • Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge 2010

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    Very interesting Austrian red blend of Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Saint Laurent. A medium to light bodied red with a touch of smoke on the nose and palate, dark red cherries, rhubarb, dusty fine grained tannin and some nice acidity on the back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Carnuntum Muhr-Van Der Niepoort 2011

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... and Michigan who are making Blaufrankisch. But note, those are still sold by variety.Then of course you have tying - you are a distributor with a 98 point wine that you allocate to favored customers, provided they take a pallet of your cheaper stuff. Or for a less w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Greg, I wish I knew how to post a link on here.  I'll confess to ... ... ... Also, there's some Blaufrankisch (Lemberger) being produced.  I'll give you the link to this site.  Honestly I think you'll find it interesting. Hey OT, have you opened that Poplar Grove Legacy ye Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely with my previous posting 'Weekday Wines'; well here it is - Weekend Wines.  Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to pat myself on the back for my quick wit but alas, this isn't one of those times.  Anyway, why not talk about wines we enjoy on weekends?  These ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Weingut Elfenhof Blaufrankisch Spatlese Burgerland Austria 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Donausonne Blaufränkisch 2010

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    I enjoy this particular wine, but I have had a hard to finding a distributor of it in Puerto Rico. Any suggestions on how to avoid shipping costs? Read More

    Wine review by zen651


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