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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars 2006 Rkatsiteli  (Finger Lakes)

Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars

2006 Rkatsiteli
(Finger Lakes)

Rkatsiteli is a grape that you don't hear much about, but it's been around for a long time. It's an ancient vinifera grape dating back over 5000 years to Georgia. No, not the state, the republic that was once part of the Soviet Union. It's still extremely popular in Georgia and other former Soviet nations. In the United States, plantings are limited and found almost exclusively in the eastern US, including the cool-to-cold Finger Lakes region.

After tasting this bottle, I'd be shocked if we don't see a lot more if it in America's cooler regions.

This wine is an extremely pale yellow in the glass with a faint green tint. The nose is almost overwhelming in its aromatics. Sweet, minty herbs mingle with intense peach, floral and mango aromas.

The palate reveals a fair amount of residual sugar, but extremely fresh, tongue-tingling acidity brings near-perfect balance. There is a wide array of fruit here – peach, mango, strawberries, pineapple and watermelon – but also more herbs and white pepper spiciness on a surprisingly lengthy finish. This wine brings the best of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Gruner Veltliner together in a new favorite.

Reviewed April 10, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.


Other Awards & Accolades

NY State Fair Wine Competition: Double Gold Riverside Int'l Wine Competition: Gold Tasters Guild Wine Competition: Gold Pacific Rim Int'l Wine Competition: Gold Dallas Morning News Wine Competition: Gold Beverage Testing Institute: Gold Lone Star Int'l Wine Competition: Grand Star, "Best of Show", Gold Indy Int'l Wine Competition: Gold Big E Wine Competition: Double Gold Int'l Eastern Wine: Gold Tasters Guild Int'l: Gold Pacific Rim Int'l Wine Competition: Gold, Best of Class New World Int'l Wine Competition: Gold, Best of Class Jefferson Cup Invitational: Gold

The Wine

Winery: Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Vintage: 2006
Wine: Rkatsiteli
Appellation: Finger Lakes
Grape: Rkatsiteli
Price: 750ml $17.99

Review Date: 4/10/2007

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.