Brand NV 'Cuvee Flora' Dornfelder, Pfalz

Brand NV 'Cuvee Flora' Dornfelder, Pfalz

Item Number: 12343

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Pfalz
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Dornfelder
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Soil Type: Limestone

Vineyard Notes: The Brand brothers source the fruit for the 'Cuvee Flora' from an old-vine Dornfelder vineyard (about an acre and a half in size) planted a half-century ago by their grandfather, who worked the vineyard with his beloved horse, Flora. This is one of the most brutal parcels they have, dense with limestone boulders seemingly bubbling up from the ground. The vineyard is at the top of the Sonnenberg mountain and thus is ravished by wind and experiences extreme temperature shifts between day and night. The site produces very low yields, and thus a singular Dornfelder of ravishing complexity.

Tasting Notes: The “Cuvée Flora” is a blend of two vintages, 2016 and 2017. While the wine has the signature inky darkness, it is not a rich or heavy wine. In fact, it is energized, quite lively on the palate with a mineral and citrus-driven acidity reminiscent of white wine. There is something of the Loire Valley here, like Cabernet Franc gone Cabernet Deutsch. Dark fruited, brambly, herbal, the wine is textural yet very fresh on the palate, multifaceted and complex.