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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  • "Green Hungarian" used to be almost common in CA. Recently I met a guy who told me his neighbor had some vines that he had brought over from Hungary, woven into a kind of wreath so they'd get past customs. He had come over after the revolution in the 1950s and brought these vines which he was now growing to produce wine. But he has no idea what ... Read More

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  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" means blue, so you have Kékoportó, which means Blue Portuguese, which is another red grape in Hungary.Szekszárd is known for their Kékfrankos, and it's one of the ingredients in Bikaver, or "Bull's Blood", which unfortunately was so debased under communism that it's basically a joke today i... Read More

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  • Well this is weird. Greg, you must not have tried the Kiona ... have a ... have a Mt. Boucherie (BC) Blaufrankisch that I'll throw in with them and see how it compares.Why don't you hop on up to Victoria Greg and well blow through my entire cella Read More

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  • Had an Austrian blaufrankisch earlier this year from the Leo Hillinger Winery.  Here's my tasting notes:Fairly light weight Austrian red from the blaufrankisch grape. Medium to dark purple, red berries, bright cherries and some decent acidity. This leans more on the acidity and less on the fruit similar to an inexpensive pinot.Seemed to remember... Read More

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  • I stand corrected...good info Greg.Szekszard Blau by Kefrancos rings a bell, though I remember not caring for it. Read More

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  • Not much grown in CA - it's a grape that does well in slightly cooler areas and too many people think that Pinot Noir is the only grape worth considering when you get to that category. I think that's mostly because of marketing and because people just don't taste very many grapes other than the top ten.In any case, the literal translation is Blu... Read More

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  • Not a bad dumpster dive at all...think I've yet to try the Blau. Read More

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  • Wind Gap does a Spring Mountain Blaufränkisch. Really enjoyed the '10 so when it was offered in '12 I jumped on it as well. Read More

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  • I'll be accused of dumpster-diving with this, but I stumbled across this ... ... failed to realize that Blaufrankisch is also called Lemberger.Kiona (Washington winery) makes some and I tasted it in March and LOVED it. Anyone know of any California Lemberge Read More

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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

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