Red Tail Ridge Blaufränkisch 2013: $22 Very Good

An impressive cornucopia of scents emerged from a first glass of the Red Tail Ridge Blaufränkish (Martini Family Vineyard, Finger Lakes, NY) 2013 $22 [Very Good].  The aromas seemed to shout out: "Blaufränkish is a fine grape for the Finger Lakes!”  I do believe that some Finger Lakes winery (quite possibly Red Tail Ridge) will eventually make a great wine from this variety.  This particular Blaufränkish is very enjoyable -- satiny, almost Burgundian in style, a solid wine, with tasty fruit and a good deal of complexity.

Light ruby in color, the lively & engaging aromas show tart red berries, fig, smoky campfire, mint, ferrous mineral, and a green stemmy note. Medium bodied, satiny, with lively acidity and a modest dose of fine-grained tannin, balance is good.  Succulent flavors of tart red berries, somber black fruit, figs, tobacco, and smoke are lightly bitter and underlined by a deep saline streak.  The finish is nicely balanced, moderately intense, tangy, saline, with good length.  Some light green/bitter notes linger.  November 2015.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014