Dornfelder

Name of varietal: Dornfelder

Common synonyms: none

Parentage of the grape: Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe

History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institute in Wurttemberg, Germany. Its parent grapes also have grandparents: Helfensteiner is a cross between Fruhrburgunder and Trollinger, and Heroldrebe is a cross between Portugieser and Lemberger. The name is in homage to the school’s founder, August Ludwig Dornfeld (1796-1869). It was originally cultivated to add color and body to weak red wines. However, it was found to create full flavored and structured wines on its own, and is now celebrated for its single varietal releases and is one of the most widely planted red grapes in Germany.

Characteristics of the grape: dark-skinned, full-bodied, medium tannins and acidity, dark cherry, blackberry, elderberry, plums, slightly floral.

Regions where the grape is currently important: Germany, particularly Pfalz and Rheinhessen Read more »

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    A light smooth red wine to drink with or without food...slightly on the sweeter side, of course. I love to be able to open and close bottle with ease, so I can enjoy bits of this wine from time to time. But the bottle only lasts me 2-3 days. Yummy. Read More

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  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... ... Trollinger, Pinot Noir, DornfelderSparkling wine: RieslingI can only speak from my experience and would like to share with you this well-hidden winery. Which manufactures such good wines. Since my first wine tasting there I'm a supporter of Götz von Berlich... Read More

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  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... ... Trollinger, Pinot Noir, DornfelderSparkling wine: RieslingI can only speak from my experience and would like to share with you this well-hidden winery. Which manufactures such good wines. Since my first wine tasting there I'm a supporter of Götz von Berlich... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... I haven't had Carmenere, Dornfelder, the Port grapes or Teraldego. And I'm wondering why on earth someone would plant Dornfelder, which doesn't even make very good wine in Germany! I just never understood why Germany, capable of so much, feels it has to make red... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...eDornfelderTouriga Francesca  Read More

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  • Well Al, most of the wine in Germany is white and most of that is Riesling, ... really red country -  Dornfelder, Regent, St. Laurent, Spatburgunder, Zweigelt and others just don't come anywhere close to the whites.But Germany isn't only about sweet wine. No reason to imagine that all Riesling is sweet. I happen to like those, but there's some... Read More

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  • This is becoming an interesting topic, being diverse and yet ... the varietal called 'Dornfelder'.  I was not really fond of any of these wines, but Sandra ordered a few of the #2 on the list, the Dr. Thanisch Riesling Spatlese Trocken 2012 from Mosel, Germany.  The cheeses were quite nice, my favorite being the Garlic Brie.  They were all cow ... Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • GREGT said it all. PN's start at $30 from Oregon and under $10, they are a ... even if it is bubbly, also a Dornfelder, even a Petite Syrah. Same issue for whites; try a Gruner Veltliner or even a Vio Verde,Bon Appet Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • OMG, I had my first taste of Red Dornfelder Lieblich (2009), and in all my 30 yrs of loveing red wines, this is by far most the best. This bottlle was a gift from a friend who had recently taken a trip to Germany. I would love to purchase more, so I will seek the web to get it hopefully by the case. Shariz, is my main choice of reds, so this Red...

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