Country: Germany  Region: Rheinhessen  Grape: Organic Dornfelder

Rheinhessen lies in a valley of rolling hills, bordered on the west by the Nahe River and on the north and east by the Rhine. This 20 by 30 mile area between the wine-growing communities of Worms, Alzey, Mainz and Bingen is the largest of the Germany winegrowing regions, and its production is second only to that of the Pfalz.

The selection from Schlink Haus is made of 100% organically grown Dornfelder, picked by hand in the second week of September. The wines are fermented for ten days at controlled temperatures in stainless steel, then aged in stainless steel tanks for seven months prior to filtering and bottling, which takes place at the end of May.

Dornfelder grapes produce wines far deeper in color than is typical of German reds. The Schlink Haus Dornfelder grapes used to produce this selection are 100% organicly grown. You won’t be able to look away from the dark ruby color of this beautiful dry red wine. It is characterized by intense fruit aromas of black cherries and plums, with faintly earthy tones evocative of Pinot Noir. On the palate it offers a juicy red-fruit flavor with earthy nuances that mirror the nose, and a well rounded finish.

It is ready to be enjoyed now. Serve at room temperature, or better yet, chilled slightly to 60 – 65°. It is the perfect companion to red meats, cheeses and pasta dishes. Great with red sauces or simply enjoyed solo!

Schlink Haus Dornfelder: DORNFELDER GRAPES — Named in honor of an 18th century finance minister of Wurttemberg who did a lot to advance viticulture and viniculture in Germany. The grape is a prolific grower, and a relatively early ripener, with a very convoluted family tree. It was initially bred in Wurttemberg in 1955 to serve as a blending grape to improve the color of pale red wines. Today, Dornfelder grapes make outstanding fruit-driven wines that need no assistance from other grape varieties.

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