LOOSEN UP | Dornfelder | Pfalz | 2018


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The wine that we are going to review today is quite special, as this is a single-varietal dornfelder wine from the Germany’s famous Pfalz region – Loosen Up Dornfelder Pfalz 2018 by Dr.Loosen. Dornfelder is a Germany red grape variety, highly pigmented, with thick black skins that usually makes very juicy, fruit-driven and deeply coloured red wines, particularly in Pfalz and Rheinhessen regions. It is easier to grow and ripen than Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) or Lemberger and can also yield heavily if needed. Dornfelder is usually made in one of the two styles: either as a very youthful, fresh and fruit forward wine that can be enjoyed young, or as a more austere red wine that is tamed by oak and time – one that can deliver structure and firmness. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

concentration: pale
colour: purple
clarity: hazy
hue/rim: indigo


intensity: powerful
fruit profile: black fruits | blue fruits
__black fruits: blackberry
__blue fruits: blue plum | blueberry | honeyberry | blue huckleberry
fruit character: ripe

non fruit: floral | sweet | animal
__floral: violets | lavender
__sweet: blueberry jam | blackberry candy | menthol | figs
__animal: iron | veal | musk | barnyard
__wood: none

sweetness: off dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: med(-)
tannin: low
__grip: smooth
body: light & lean
balance: fair
__dominant: sugar
complexity: simple

fruit profile: blue fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: sweet
finish: medium
aftertaste: sweet & crisp

LOOSEN UP | Dornfelder | Pfalz | 2018

variety: dornfelder
country: Germany
region: Pfalz
rating: 90.9

maturity: on the rise | developing
verdict: good | recommended
96x96This is definitely a good wine of Germany and, with a total of 90.9 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a very juicy and explosive dornfelder wine – extremely fruity, light and lean – a wine that is still on the rise, yet very close to its prime form, therefore drink now or in the next 12 months. It tastes rich, round and sweet, with a very smooth and slightly opulent body, mouth-watering acidity and just a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel – this wine is a real crowd-pleaser, one that maybe lacks just a bit of structure and complexity. On our memory, this is one of the most intriguing and flamboyant wines that we’ve tasted so far, made in a pronounced fruit-forward and explosive style – an extremely appealing red wine that is meant to be enjoyed young. We can only suggest you to get one yourself and experience the deep summer in the glass: ripe blue fruits, mesmerizing fruit candy and some noble floral hints of violets and lavender – a truly delicious wine this is. Enjoy!
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