2021 Dr Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY

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2021 Dr Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY

James Suckling 91
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Vintage : 2021

Country : USA

Region : Finger Lakes, NY

Winemaker Notes

Dr. Konstantin Frank's classic dry style of Riesling made from vines dating back to 1958 from both their estate vineyard sites.

Delicate and elegant, harmonizing lime zest, granny smith apples, and mineral stoniness from the Keuka vineyards with fresh citrus and nectarine from the Seneca vineyards. The zingy freshness brings energy, brightness, and persistence.

This Dry Riesling with elevated acidity pairs best with soft goat cheeses, simply prepared chicken or pork dishes sauteed or grilled, lightly prepared white fishes, salmon, or scallops, and greens salads.

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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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.

VINTAGE
We began 2021 with a milder winter resulting in fewer buds damaged from the cold.
The growing season in 2021 was more typical for the region with cooler temperatures and

adequate rainfall. The wines from this vintage will have crisp acidity balanced by delicate

fruit flavors providing great structure. The Reds and Whites should age well as evidenced

by our wine library going back to the 1962 vintage.


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. 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.

THE WINE
Delicate and elegant, harmonizing lime zest, granny smith apples, and mineral stoniness
from the Keuka vineyards with fresh citrus and nectarine from the Seneca vineyards. The

zingy freshness brings energy, brightness, and persistence.


FOOD PAIRING
This delicate Dry Riesling with elevated acidity pairs best with soft goat cheeses, simply
prepared chicken or pork dishes sauteed or grilled, lightly prepared white fishes, salmon,

or scallops, and greens salads.

91 James Suckling

A lot of floral delicacy and lemon and lime zest, but also some good white-peach fruit behind those high notes. Good depth on the mid-palate for the challenging vintage, with some wet-stone character at the long, crisp finish. Made from fruit grown on Kueka Lake and Seneca Lake. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

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