Solminer is very proud to produce the very first Blaufränkisch from Santa Barbara County. A very small amount of Blaufrankisch (translated as "the blue french-like grape") is planted domestically although some goes by the German name, Lemberger. When we started Solminer, we spent some time in the Burgenland region of Austria, near the Hungarian border, talking with winemakers to understand if Blaufränkisch might work here at deLanda Vineyard. The conclusion was to test it out, so In 2013 we used Blaufränkisch cuttings from both Wind Gap and Kenneth Volk Vineyards and grafted some of our Syrah vines in order to explore the possibilities of growing this noble Austrian varietal in California.
The results are so astounding that we have increased the number of vines grafted to Blaufränkisch in subsequent years. The fruit components are just a bit bolder and the tannins a bit softer than the old world Blau we love, but the core of the varietal comes through unmistakably. If you've never tried Blaufränkisch before, you are in for a treat. It has the feminine elegance of a Pinot Noir and the fruit of Gamay with a tightly knit tannic structure.
A mix of raspberry, blueberry, plum, lavender and pomegranate on the nose with hints of all spice, tobacco and graphite. The flavors simultaneously take on elegant floral notes, bright fruit as well as earth and mid weight tannins. The finish is lengthy and bright with just enough tannins to provide structure.
Enjoy this wine with especially with grilled veggies and various rustic chicken and meat dishes, lamb tagine, cassoulet, goulash, pork loin and meatloaf.