Weingut Heinrich Blaufränkisch Leithaberg 2017
The entire gamut of cherry is deconstructed in a purple and lusty fashion, yet this wine winks mischievously and simply refuses one-dimensional fruitiness. The earthy depth of peaty autumn leaves and fresh truffles, peppery spice, and roasted root vegetables reveal further dimensions. One is inspired to immediately roast a leg of lamb, which would certainly do this wine justice, for it requires time and air to open. And indeed, Blaufränkisch is truly the only vehicle that could express this terroir so effectively. Through a fine, tissue paperlike wall of tannin, one listens spellbound to the Blaufränkisch Leithaberg as it fervently tells the stories of its homeland. While the austere and stony aftertaste speaks of the chalky origin, the unbridled power of fine-grained tannins lends assertive force. This wine is neither intrusive nor superficial, but rather exudes vitality, sharp precision, contentment and the promise of a long life.
A deep, polished red, boasting black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Solidly built, yet with ample richness and fruit to counter the firm structure. The finish evokes earth and tobacco accents. Drink now through 2029. 134 cases made, 120 cases imported.
From schist and limestone soils, the 2017 Blaufränkisch Leithaberg is bright, pure and fresh on the nose, with ripe but tart black fruit aromas intertwined with herbal and floral notes. Intense and juicy on the palate, with fine tannins and good freshness, this is an excellent, very elegant and stimulating red wine with lingering grip and mouthwatering saltiness. Truly excellent. It fermented in open wooden fermenters and aged for 25 months in used 500-liter barrels. Bottled with less than 25 milligrams of free SO2. Tasted at the domain in June 2020.
A dense, lightly bitter red with blackberry and light herb aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, polished and lightly chewy. Smoky. From organically grown grapes.