This is our second vintage of Blaufränkisch from Dauenhauer Farms and we continue to be excited to bring this hard-to-find Oregon grape varietal to market! Located in Dayton, Oregon, the Dauenhauer family has been farming in the valley for generations. The vineyard is dry-farmed and the vines are only lightly managed, resulting in a protective canopy that allows the grapes to stay on the vines late into harvest.
The 2017 vintage was later than usual in the Willamette Valley, which put pressures on getting this fruit ripened. But a brief warm spell right before November helped us get there. This wine was fermented using native yeasts and aged in neutral oak barrels. It completed secondary fermentation and finished its six months in the same barrels.
This vintage, probably due to the cooler year, is lighter in color than the 2016 vintage, but is still a bright red wine. On the nose, it is smooth and fresh, with notes of currant, pepper, and woody spices. On the palate it is light, with notes of currant and prominent spices. It finishes clean, with good acidity.