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Signum I

Signum I
2014 Trocken, Lemberger, Württemberg

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Lemberger

Date Tasted:
Country: Germany
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1.8%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40
2017 Best German Red Wine

Signum I
2014 Trocken, Lemberger, Württemberg

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Lemberger

Date Tasted:
Country: Germany
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1.8%
Deep purple color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, dark berry chutney, chocolate espresso bean, and toasty pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of marinated plums and tomatoes, pencil shavings, nutskin, and slate with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully layered and expressive lemberger with an artful balance of savory fruit and oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Savory & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mocha gelato, dark berry chutney, chocolate espresso bean, and toasty pie crust
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of marinated plums and tomatoes, pencil shavings, nutskin, and slate
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Beef Stroganoff, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wonderfully layered and expressive lemberger with an artful balance of savory fruit and oak.

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Lemberger

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Lemberger is a varietal widely planted in Central Europe--particularly Austria, where it is known as blaufränkisch. The suffix "fränkisch" implies that the grape was originally of French origin; however, the varietal's true lineage is somewhat murky. Nonetheless, over the years, lemberger has become somewhat of a darling to a handful of vintners in Washington state, as it is quite winter-hardy and offers a measure of insurance against the state's periodic harsh winter conditions.

Washington lemberger tends to be quite dark, with a racy, grapey character. The wines are nearly devoid of tannins, but retain a nervy level of acidity. This leads to the inevitable comparisons with gamay, or perhaps more appropriately, dolcetto. In that it's an early-drinking, zesty red that lends itself to immediate gratification, there is more than a nugget of truth to the comparisons. They have flavors of blackberry and black cherry along with notes of dark chocolate. These wines are ripe and spicy and pair well with grilled meats or game.

John Rauner, the proprietor of Yakima River Winery and a fierce proponent of lemberger, claims that the varietal is one of few that don't contain histamines, a compound to which some people are allergic. Histamines or not, lemberger is an interesting wine in its own right, and one day may deserve to be called the "Nouveau of the Northwest."