Blaufränkisch Red Wine 2012MADE BY CHANNING DAUGHTERS IN BRIDGEHAMPTON, NEW YORK
This delicious red wine is fruity, full of juicy blackberry and plum notes with subtle tannins and maybe just a little black pepper.
You might be saying "Blaufrank-what?" now, but one sip and you'll get why this style of wine is so popular in Germany and Austria, where Blaufränkisch (75% of the blend) and Dornfelder (25%) are well-known grapes.
The grapes at Channing Daughters on Long Island are picked by hand and pressed by foot. By foot! This medium-bodied wine spent 12 months in old Slovenian and French oak and was bottled without filtration. Yet another fantastic offering from Channing, where the vintners love experimenting with blends and techniques and grow many grapes rarely seen in New York or even the USA.
tip of the tongue
This is a terrific wine for pairing with duck or a washed-rind cheese like Jasper Hill Farm's Willoughby.
did you know?
Wineries can use different kinds of oak to age their wines. French is some of the subtlest, while Slovenian gives a little more vanilla, and American adds the most potent flavor. Channing Daughters ages this wine in a mix of separate French and Slovenian oak barrels, then blends them together.