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Dr. Konstantin Frank Chateau Frank Blanc De Noir 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2009 Blanc de Noirs "Chateau Frank" is Pinot Noir aged on the lees for about five years (this bottle was disgorged in June 2015--not...
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Chateau Frank Celebre Rose NV 750ml

It is a cheerful pink color and produces a constant stream of bubbles in the fluted glass. The sparkling wine is semi-dry, finishing with a clean...
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Lemberger 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2013 Lemberger was aged for 15 months in a mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Another fine Lemberger...
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot Noir Old Vines 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2013 Pinot Noir "Old Vines" was aged for 18 months in an 80/20 mixture of French and Hungarian oak (20% new, the rest a mixture of...
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Dry 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - With a palate-drenching fountain of peach nectar, grapefruit and orange blossom notes, this inexpensive Finger Lakes standard packs a...

Finger Lakes Keuka Lake New York United States

When it comes to New York wine regions, Finger Lakes reigns supreme. Wines have been made in New York for longer than in any other part of the US, with the first vineyards being planted there over three hundred years ago by Dutch settlers. Finger Lakes is home to two of the United States’ oldest operating wineries, dating back to the 1860s, which continue to produce characterful wines inspired by France’s Alsace region.

Finger Lakes is New York’s largest and most productive wine region, with over one hundred separate wineries located on the banks of the six long, narrow lakes. The majority of the wines produced in this fascinating region are made from Chardonnay and Riesling varietal grapes, with Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir also growing well in the unique microclimate that the lakes provide. Indeed, it is the lakes themselves that influence the climatic conditions of the region - without them, the early winters and springs would be far too cold to effectively grow vines, but the lakes allow warmth to be maintained throughout the colder months, and temper the heat of the summer. This allows for a long and fruitful growing and ripening season, which gives the berries the chance to take on plenty of character and many fascinating features of this beautiful terroir.

New York state has a wine history which stretches back to the mid-17th century, when Dutch settlers first began cultivating grape vines in the Hudson Valley. Since then, the wine industry of New York has grown from strength to strength, mixing the old with the new as wineries continue to experiment with modern techniques alongside their traditional heritage. Indeed, certain wineries in New York state hold a claim to being amongst the oldest and most well established in the New World, with at least one dating back over three hundred and fifty years. New York state is responsible for a relatively small range of grape varietals, due to its cooler, damper climate, but many varietals such as Riesling and Seyval Blanc thrive in such conditions and produce wines a of singular quality.

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.