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2017 Mertz Dornfelder R Trocken
Item No. 25018
About This WineI was really impressed with all of Sina's wines: great Rieslings, a sharp and clean Scheurebe... but this wine grabbed my heart. This wine made me (makes me) want to pen an offer called "age your Dornfelder!"
If you've never heard of Dornfelder that's because normally it sucks. Let's be honest. But, as I've written before, if a grape, if a vine, if a vineyard is given love, it at least has the potential to produce something meaningful - a voice that deserves to be heard.
And so it is here. Sina had the idea that these older vines, planted in the 1980s so now nearing 40 years old, had something to say. So she worked the vineyard carefully, reducing yields dramatically and doing a long maceration time and an extended elevage. And the result is stunning: something like a cool-climate Beaujolais, direct, with high tones, spicy red fruit, mineral, sawdust and herbal notes around the edging, great acidity and lift and finesse. This proves that Dornfelder can be something, that it has a voice. It also proves that Sina Mertz isn't scared of a damn thing and follows her own, clearly very good, instincts.
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