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Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Reserve 2014 750ml
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Reserve Riesling 2014

Keuka Lake - Finger Lakes - New York - United States

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Riesling Reserve was sourced from the winery's old Keuka Lake vineyard (1958), with 50% botrytis-affected grapes (the so-called "noble rot"). It comes in at 42 grams per liter of residual sugar and 12% alcohol. What do you get by stepping up to this from the regular Semi-Dry Riesling? Quite a bit, actually, although it is not just a qualitative difference. There is also a stylistic difference. If the regular Semi-Dry Riesling seems fresh and concentrated, yet also ethereal and lively, this adds to both the concentration and the finish. Dense and solid in the mid-palate, it soaks up the extra sugar easily and hardly seems very sweet--but it is clearly not a dry table wine. Lingering nicely on the finish, this just grabs the palate. It's not the zestiest wine in the Riesling category, but it is fresh and a beauty. It should age pretty well, too. Conservative by nature in such things, I like to take it in stages and see where we are when we get there, but there is no rush. This may yet improve notably in the cellar.

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Varietal: Riesling

The pale skinned fruits of the Riesling grapevine have been grown in and around Germany's Rhine Valley for centuries, and contributed much to the country's wine culture. Today, Riesling grapes are grown and processed in several countries around the world, where they are prized for their ability to grow well in colder climates, and their unique flavors and characteristics. Riesling grapes produce an impressive array of wines, including fine semi sweet and dessert wines, to excellent dry white wines and sparkling varieties, all which allow the grape to shine through as a premier example of an excellent white wine varietal. One of the things which makes Riesling such a special grape is the fact that it is highly 'terroir expressive', meaning that the features of the land it is grown on can come across well in the flavors and aromas in the wine. As such, it isn't unusual to find flavors of white stone, or smoky ash-like notes in a fine Riesling alongside the more usual orchard fruit flavors more commonly associated with good white wines.

Region: New York

For over four hundred years, New York state has been consistently producing many of the United States finest wines, making the most of the oceanic climate and cool winds which blow over the many vineyards which surround the city. Indeed, certain wineries within the state boast an impressive heritage, with more than one dating back to the 18th century. The state itself has four key wine regions - Lake Erie AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, Hudson River and Long Island, and also features hundreds of smallholdings producing wines of a unique character made using more traditional methods. A wide variety of fine grape varietals are grown across the state, from esteemed old world grapes such as Riesling and Pinot Noir, to an expansive array of New World hybrid grapes which make the wines of this region so unique.

Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.