About Lemberger Red Wine

About Lemberger Red Wine
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.

Top Picks for Lemberger

Adirondack Winery 2018 Stargazer Lemberger
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of earthy cherries, leather, vanilla cola, beets, and toast with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish imparting notes of dried figs and cocoa powder with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive, somewhat earthy Lemberger with great balance and easy appeal to Pinot Noir drinkers.
Awards: 2021 Best Lemberger
93 points $20 Best Buy
Weis Vineyards 2019  Blaufrankisch
90 points
$24
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of coconut custard and macaroon, blueberry crumble, and hint of dried meat with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-long finish that presents notes of goji berry, melon, and citrus. A spot-on Lemberger with great varietal character and purity.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Single Vineyard - Sunrise Hill Lemberger
88 points
$27
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of black plums, hints of wild blueberry, chocolate-covered toffee, orange zest, and hay with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A juicy and berry-laden Lemberger with rustic style.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019 Big Brother Lemberger
86 points
$35
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dill, grape leaves, vanilla, and clove with a lean, lively, dry light-to-medium body and an even, amusing, medium-long finish with nuances of cranberry, pomegranate, and cherry pie with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Explosively herbal and savory aromas conjure thoughts of dill rice and dolmades; a good pairing for Mediterranean fare.