This has been one fantastic year of enlightenment for me when it comes to all things wine. Believe I may do a year end article on the subject. If I do, I will have to include the German grape, Dornfelder as one of the highlights.
Dornfelder is a cross between Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe grapes. It is the 3rd most planted red wine grape in Germany. In the Finger Lakes region it is very scarce, only two wineries grow Dornfelder and Fulkerson Winery is the only varietal wine producer.
Color is a dark garnet with light aromas of plum, cherry and a hint of spice. As noted by the wine maker, it is a Beaujolais style wine, dry and fruity with some blueberry on the palate.
I purchased the Dornfelder at the Fulkerson Winery while on the Deck the Halls tour last week.
Price was right at only $12 and during the event the second bottle was 1/2 priced. Of course, I brought home two and now think I should have purchased more. The first bottle was great just sipping with some cheese bits and some chocolate M&M's.
The second, I enjoyed with my daughter's roasted organic free range chicken and some fabulous roasted potato fingerlings.
Add one more new discovery for 2009 and a reason to be very optimistic for 2010. Just too many varieties of grapes yet to be tasted for a first time. It'll be fun! :)