2019 Dr Konstantin Frank, Riesling - Semi Dry

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2019 Dr Konstantin Frank, Semi Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY

Wine Advocate 90
Wine Enthusiast 90
James Suckling 90
  • S$6997

Vintage : 2019

Country : USA

Region : Finger Lakes, NY

Winemaker Notes

Delicate at first then tropically ripe, brimming with apricot, nectarine and a touch of pineapple. Lemon citrus and acacia blossom balance the sweetness effortlessly.

Pair with Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Thai, and Asian cuisines. Pairs well with spicy and aromatic ingredients like pepper, ginger, curry, sesame, and soy. Also great with Spicy BBQ and wings.

Winery Background

Dr. Konstantin Frank  ignited the “Vinifera Revolution”, a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank’s vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy mediocrity to a level that today commands world attention. Located on Keuka lake in the Finger Lakes region, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wines features some of the oldest vinifera vines in the United States and continues to produce wines of distinction and quality. Vinification Only the free run juice from the gently pressed grapes was used. The base wine was fermented at low temperatures to preserve the more delicate characters. Second fermentation took place in the bottle as per the Méthode Champenoise. After leaving the wine resting for more than four years it was disgorged, and dosage was added prior to final bottling

About Us

Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank’s vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy mediocrity to a level that today commands world attention.

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Winemaker Notes

Delicate at first then tropically ripe, brimming with apricot, nectarine and a touch of pineapple. Lemon citrus and acacia blossom balance the sweetness effortlessly.

Pair with Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Thai, and Asian cuisines. Pairs well with spicy and aromatic ingredients like pepper, ginger, curry, sesame, and soy. Also great with Spicy BBQ and wings.

VINTAGE
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.

VINEYARD
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.

THE WINE
Delicate at first then tropically ripe, brimming with apricot, nectarine and a touch of
pineapple. Lemon citrus and acacia blossom balance the sweetness effortlessly.

FOOD PAIRING
Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Thai, and Asian cuisines. Pairs well with Spicy and Aromatic
Ingredients like Pepper, Ginger, Curry, Sesame, and Soy. Spicy BBQ and Wings. Pork. 

90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2019 Semi-Dry Riesling comes in with 11.5% alcohol, 22 grams per liter of residual sugar and seven grams of total acidity. Not quite as aggressive as the Dry Riesling, this nonetheless shows off its nice acidity early and often. Focused, precise and pure, it has fine balance. At this price level, this (like its sibling) is a no-brainer purchase. The Dry Riesling has a lot more energy, while this is predictably lusher. Reasonable minds and personal preferences might differ as to which is better. I'd give the nod to the Dry Riesling just now, but it might depend on my mood and how I would use it.

90 Wine Enthusiast

Rich aromas of tangerine and apricot meld with sharper tones of lime and thyme on the nose. There’s nice weight and depth to the medium-bodied palate, where juicy yet pithy orchard fruit flavors are propped up by zesty acidity. While fruity in nature, the balance is there, making this easy to enjoy as an aperitif.

90 James Suckling

Lime, elderflower, peach and stone on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with sharp acidity and a citrusy palate. Rounded and semi-dry, but tangy. Drink now. Screw cap.

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