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Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Reserve 2014 750ml
SKU 778860
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Reserve Riesling 2014

Keuka Lake - Finger Lakes - New York - United States

Professional Wine Reviews for Dr. Konstantin Frank Reserve Riesling 2014

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 are very rarely blended with others in the development of wines, and for good reason. These pale grapes which originated in the cool Rhine Valley of Germany are notable for their 'transparency' of flavor, which allows the characteristics of their terroir to shine through in wonderful ways. The result of this is a wine which carries a wide range of interesting flavors quite unlike those found in other white wines, finished off with the distinctively floral perfume Riesling supplies so well. Many wineries in Germany and elsewhere tend to harvest their Riesling grapes very late – often as late as January – in order to make the most of their natural sweetness. Other methods, such as encouraging the noble rot fungus, help the Riesling grape varietal present some truly unique and exciting flavors in the glass, and the variety of wines this varietal can produce mean it is one of the finest and most interesting available anywhere.

Region: New York

New York state has a relatively long history of wine-making and vineyard cultivation, with vineyards in the region dating back to the Dutch settlements of the 17th century. As such, the region has slowly discovered the unique qualities of their terroir, and has developed a distinctive set of grape varietals which have gone on to represent the state and make their wines both unique and highly regarded. New York state has four key wine producing areas – Lake Erie AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, Hudson River and Long Island, each making the most of their relatively cool climate and characterful terroirs. The strong blend of both traditional and contemporary wine making methods found in this region has led to New York state being responsible for many of the finest and most interesting wines to come out of the United States.

Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.