Full Review

Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2019 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Lemberger

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

Weis Vineyards
2019 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Lemberger

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: coconut custard and macaroon, blueberry crumble, and hint of dried meat
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of goji berry, melon, and citrus
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spot on Lemberger with great varietal character and purity.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

The Producer
10014 Day Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840
USA
1 607-284-4011

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."