Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2014: $15 Excellent

The Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $15 [Excellent] is impeccably balanced, one of the most elegant dry Rieslings from the Finger Lakes I have ever had.  It is not a dense fruity powerhouse (like the Dr. Frank 2013), but relies more on its balance and charm. This bottle shows that lively acidity, balance, finesse, and a beguiling mineral streak are just as important as oodles of fruit.  It is a terrific food wine (better than the 2013), a lovely sipper, and a fine buy.

Bright light lemon in color, the Dr. Frank has lively, precise, and crystalline aromas of lime, fresh apricot, grapefruit, lemon drop candy, citrus zest, and a substantial smoky shale/mineral note.  Medium bodied, off-dry, with a bit of chalkiness and spritz, it is exceptionally well balanced.  Tight and focused flavors of lime, apple, fresh apricot, grapefruit, lemon drop candy, bitter citrus zest, slate-y mineral, and a saline underpinning are complex, mouthwatering, and very refreshing.  You want another sip of this wine.  The balance and length of the lipsmacking finish is exceptional.  Flavors linger for quite a long time.  September 2015

Note:  This wine and the 2013 Dry Riesling were drunk the same evening to accompany Sausages with Cider and Sauerkraut.  Both wines were admirable, but the 2014 was clearly better with the sausage dish.


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© Douglas Hillstrom 2014