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Riesling, 2018. Konstantin Frank

Riesling, 2018. Konstantin Frank

Item #: S0820W2DN
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Riesling
Vineyard/Appellation: Finger Lakes, New York
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: Fresh Peach
Palate: Lilting Apricot
Finish: Clean, Tart
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Cookies, Cheeses/12% Alcohol by Volume

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There's an old adage that if you can't be the first, at least be the best. Konstantin Frank, a winery named after its namesake, is both. Dr. Frank arrived in the US from the Ukraine in 1951. He was a professor of plant sciences and held a Ph.D. in Viticulture. Making wine in the Ukraine was difficult. Everybody who tried blamed the weather, saying it was too cold to grow grapes. Frank disagreed.

It was his contention that if you could find a root stock that was resistant to the temperature, you could successfully grow grapes in a cold climate like the Finger Lakes of New York. So, in 1958 he did just that, becoming the first person to successfully plant vinifera grapes east of the Mississippi.

In 1962 he released his first sparkling wine-it stunned the wine world and quickly was hailed as the finest ever made in America, even equaling French Champagne. His secret was that he was using the same root stock as those used in Champagne, the coldest area in the world where wine grapes are grown.

The family of Dr. Frank has continued the winery, in his memory, and it is now run by his son Willy and grandson Fred and great granddaughter Meaghan! They have seen the Finger Lakes become a wine center for the East.

What's interesting here is that with all the attention paid to his sparkling wine, it's his Rieslings that he became most known for. Our selection is easily one of the best made in the US. The peach, apricot and apple components mix citrus and just enough sweetness to present a foil for cheese and fruit, or all by itself.