Dornfelder is a dark-skinned variety of grape of German origin used for red wine. It was created by August Herold (1902-1973) at the grape breeding institute in Weinsberg in the Württemberg region in 1955.
Dornfelder has become quite popular in Germany since it performs well under viticultural conditions which traditionally were seen as more suitable for white wine production. Traditionally, the red wines of Germany were mostly pale and light-bodied, but new breeds of dark-skinned grapes led by Dornfelder have allowed the production of more internationally-styled reds. Dornfelder has a depth of colour, good acidity and the ability to benefit from barrique aging and the associated oak flavours.
A delighfully fruity wine that is full bodied with flavors of blackberries. Beautiful, bright acifity and superb balance make this a wine that will pair beautifully with grilled meats and rich ripe cheeses.
Tasting Date: July 2010
Country: California, Sonoma County
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $9.99