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
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
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
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
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.