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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

Riesling grapes have produced some of the finest wines of the Old World over the past couple of centuries, and are quickly becoming much loved by New World audiences as their influence continues to spread across the globe. They are generally grown and cultivated in colder climates, as is found in their native Germany, where they have the remarkable ability to pick up and express interesting features of their terroir, or the ground on which they are grown. As such, wine enthusiasts generally find Riesling one of the more interesting white grape varietals, as they produce aromas which are highly floral and perfumed alongside both fruit flavors and refreshing notes of stone and alpine water, depending on where they have been grown. Furthermore, Riesling grapes produce a large variety of fine wines, from still to sparkling, sweet to dry, and wineries which work with this grape have long since been experimenting with both frozen and rotten grapes to find out just how versatile and exciting this varietal can be.

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

The first European settlers to consider growing grapevines in the United States must have been delighted when they discovered the now famous wine regions within California, Oregon and elsewhere. Not even in the Old World are there such fertile valleys, made ideal for vine cultivation by the blazing sunshine, long, hot summers and oceanic breezes. As such, it comes as little surprise that today more than eighty-nine percent of United States wines are grown in the valleys and on the mountainsides of California, where arguably some of the finest produce in the world is found. However, American wine does not begin and end with California, and due to the vast size of the country and the incredible range of terrains and climates found within the United States, there is probably no other country on earth which produces such a massive diversity of wines. From ice wines in the northern states, to sparkling wines, aromatized wines, fortified wines, reds, whites, rosés and more, the United States has endless surprises in store for lovers of New World wines.