Full Review

Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2020 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Lemberger

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .2%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Weis Vineyards
2020 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Lemberger

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .2%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, chocolate cherry bonbons, smoldering bbq woods, and hint of jerky with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of custard with spiced berries, toffee, cedar, and pink pepper with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A beautifully balanced and nuanced Blaufrankisch that will be very versatile and cellar worthy.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: mocha gelato, chocolate cherry bonbons, smoldering bbq woods, and hint of jerky
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of custard with spiced berries, toffee, cedar, and pink pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braciole, Souvlaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A beautifully balanced and nuanced Blaufrankisch that will be very versatile and cellar worthy.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

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

Their Portfolio

91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
96 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Zweigelt, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $23.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2020 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select K, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Pinot Blanc, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Heart Of The Lake, NY81.0315.17 Aravelle, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Perle Rosé, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Weis Vineyards 2020 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Noble Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $109.00.
97 Weis Vineyards NV One Eighty Three Dessert Wine, Finger Lakes 20% (USA) $39.00.

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."