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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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  • Rosi Schuster Blaufrankisch 2007

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    Bright red fruit, slight strawberry on front palate, twizzlers on nose Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • 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


  • Leo Hillinger Blaufränkisch 2010

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Opus Eximium No. 22 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by DirkW


  • Jermann Mjzzu Blau & Blau Rosso Delle Venezie IGT Italy 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Bor Forras Hajos Baja Cabernet Franc 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mepatton


  • Gessellmann Blaufrankisch Creitzer 2003

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    Drank this last week and the biggest surprise of all was how well this wine is still drinking. The brickish tint of this red definitely showed some age, but there was still a great blend of fruit and savoury notes. Moderate length. (A new variety for us....it made a very full and intense wine, we both thought it seemed like a "bigger" version of... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Emark - I hope tonights wine went over well. As for me, I'm getting ... varietal from......a 2003 Blaufrankisch from Gesellmann. Taking stabs at pronouncing it is a big part of the fun. I was concerned it would be past its drinking window, but its still great. (I would have never understood that concept a year ago). It seems kind of like a "bi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Shooting Star Blue Franc 2011

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    To the wine, it's a lit lighter in color than a typical big California Cabernet but it's still a lovely deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is very thick with ripe jammy fruit, raspberries, cherries, plum amid a background of oak. The taste is surprisingly not sweet or jammy as the nose would suggest but instead it's very austere. You are gr... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • It's friendly to a lot of wine, including sweet wines. It's not a light ... reds - I've had it with Blaufrankisch, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Amarone, Zinfandel, and various whites and sweets. For me, one of the great pairings is a Zin - just seems to work really well.But he's right about putting... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Goose? Have you done it?


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