Dornfelder is a new grape for me. It grows mostly in Germany and was developed as a cross back in 1979. Medium purple colored it has a watery sheen in the glass (12.5% ABV). Medium intensity aromas of black cherry, spice box, blackcurrant that is a touch green, blackberry leaf and a hint of charcoal. The palate is seemingly a touch off-dry with juicy acidity and very low tannins. Medium intensity flavors of grape, blackberry leaf, black cherry and blackcurrant. Medium bodied- it carries on to a medium length finish that has some really nice acidity. It conjures up thoughts of Gamay meets Pinot Noir, a very easy-going wine with lithe tannins and a nice mouthfeel. The acidity offsets the trace residual sugars that make it a touch off-dry. This wine screams out for smoked meats, even a semi-spicy bowl of chili. I like it and am glad I tried this varietal. You too can get a bottle for $17. Not wildly complex or cellar worthy, it gets 87 points from me and 3 stars. Drink soon. Salut….
Gerd Anselmann Dornfelder 2020, Pfalz, Germany
21 Monday Nov 2022