Left Foot Charley, Blaufränkisch
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Left Foot Charley, Blaufränkisch - 2018

Item # 29218 750mL
$21.96/ Single Bottle
$263.52 $237.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Michigan is one of the most exciting emerging wine regions. Old Mission Peninsula AVA is a peninsula pointing into the grand traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. The moderating influence of Lake Michigan makes it possible for Blaufränkisch to grow in this cool, northern state. The wine has bright acidity and high toned red and black fruits.

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Staff Pick Notes

Burgundy, Barolo, Bordeaux, Napa, Old Mission Peninsula - one of these is not quite like the others. The first 4 are synonymous with some of the best wines in the world, but few people are aware of the up and coming AVA of Old Mission Peninsula, jutting out into Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. I was skeptical at first of a wine from Michigan, but when I had a chance to taste the Blaufrankish by Left Foot Charley I was blown away! The first thing that hit me was pepper, so much black pepper! Blaufrankish is traditionally grown in Austria where it is known for its ageability with high acidity and firm tannin. This American version seems a bit softer in the tannins but the acidity is persistent, with tart cherry and blackberry mingling with the spice notes. I would definitely have this again!

- TI

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Germans call it Lemberger, Austrians call it Blaufränkisch; let's call the whole thing off. What's important is that this black grape variety produces spicy wines with good tannins and firm acidity, similar to one of the crus of Beaujolais; in fact, until recently, Blaufränkisch was believed to be Gamay. These are often ageworthy wines, and they're some of the best things coming out of Austria...

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