2019 Dr Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY
Vintage : 2019
Country : USA
Region : Finger Lakes, NY
Our Classic Range of wines express the purest form of our winemaking style,
the terroir of the Finger Lakes, and the range of grape varieties grown.
In 2019, budbreak and flowering started about two weeks later than normal. Temperatures
during the summer were moderate, and much cooler than in 2018. August and September
were cooler than average. Luckily, the weather in the fall was extremely favorable with
extended periods of sunny and dry days followed by cool nights. This offered excellent
conditions to fully ripen the grapes well into October.
Riesling was first brought to the Finger Lakes by our founder. Those original vines dating
back to 1958 are still in production. Riesling blocks on our Keuka vineyard were planted
in 1958, 1962, 1968, 1976, 1999, 2006, and 2012 with various clones (88, 90, 11,
318, 239, 49, 110, 38). Soils here are shallow, shale-based which add minerality, acidity,
and elegance. Riesling was planted in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 on our Seneca estate
vineyard with 90 and 356 clones. Temperatures here are a few degrees warmer than Keuka
thus providing riper fruit notes. Soils on Seneca are characterized by deep honeoye silt
loam. A small portion of the grapes come from Eric Volz Vineyard, just north across the
road from Dr. Konstantin Frank’s plantings on Keuka Lake. Riesling was planted in 1985.
Vibrant and attractive, harmonizing lime zest, granny smith apples, and petrol stoniness
from the Keuka vineyards with fresh citrus and tangerine from the Seneca vineyards.
Behind the zingy freshness are a rich body and a discreet creaminess which form a well
balanced union ideal for long-term aging.
Apples, Soft Cheeses, Chicken (Poached, Lightly Prepared), White Fish (Lightly
Prepared), Salad (Green Fruits, Seafood), Green Vegetable Dishes, Sushi.