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Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2013

Dr. Konstantin Frank - New York - United States - Finger Lakes - Keuka Lake

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Rated 89 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Rkatsiteli, an unusual grape in the USA, is better known in Eastern Europe. It is unoaked and comes in at 11.5% alcohol and 10 grams per liter of residual sugar. With a bit of a sour lemonball nuance mingling with herbs on the finish, this also has surprisingly good body relative to the price point and a powerful fragrance. Despite the fairly high residual sugar level, it still shows dry, the high acidity for which the grape is known (plus Finger Lakes terroir) evenly and easily balancing it. Overall, this is a very nice value in something a bit different for many Americans. Of course, Frank has been making this for a long, long time (since 1962-and the first one I ever had was here, in approximately 1993). They are doing a fine job at a very nice price.

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Winery: Dr. Konstantin Frank

Region: New York

To get some idea of how well established many of the wineries in New York state are, one only has to look to certain locations around the Hudson River area of the region, where there are several wineries which have vineyards dating back over three hundred years. This relatively long tradition of wine-making for a New World country has resulted in some truly exceptional wines, making the most of the imported grape varietals which thrive in the cooler, damper climatic conditions which characterize the state. New York today produces a wide range of wine styles, but is mostly known for its white wines made from such esteemed varietals as Riesling and Pinot Noir, and a few superb sparkling wines which demonstrate the strengths of the Chardonnay grapes grown there.

Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.