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Wine:Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars 2005 Pinot Noir  (Finger Lakes)

Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars

2005 Pinot Noir
(Finger Lakes)

Dr. Konstantin Frank pioneered winegrowing based on classic European Vitis vinifera varieties in New York State. Three generations of Franks – Konstantin, son Willy, and now grandson Fred – have taken their turn as leaders in the advancement of the wine industry in the Finger Lakes region. 45 years after opening his winery on Keuka Lake, Dr. Konstantin Frank’s legacy is a strong as ever, and his singular mission to produce the finest wines from the best European varieties is still at the heart of everything that happens at Dr. Frank Wine Cellars.

In a recent Appellation America tasting to select some standout examples of Finger Lakes Pinot Noir – a variety that still does not have a solid foothold in the region – it was not a complete surprise to find a Dr. Frank wine among the leaders.

With the 2005 Pinot Noir, a forward – somewhat boisterous – primary fruit nose is your introduction. The aromatic profile is almost Gamay-like and hints of at least partial carbonic/whole berry fermentation (though the technical notes make no indication of this). The dark fruit aromas with a bit of tar and vanilla (from 10 months in French oak) carry through to a palate where they glide along unobstructed by heavy tannins. In fact, the tannins are very light and actually more silky in texture than grippy. This all works well to allow tart sour cherry, blackberry, cranberry, and citrus flavors to mingle supported by a spike of pithy bitterness and healthy chord of acidity at the end. A lively and very pleasing wine for immediate enjoyment, if not built for long-term cellaring.

Reviewed June 4, 2007 by Adam Dial.

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The Wine

Winery: Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Finger Lakes
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $24.99

Review Date: 6/4/2007

The Reviewer

Adam Dial

Brought up in a family with winery ventures in both California and Canada, Adam Dial seeks and appreciates diversity and individuality in wines. He is a Sommelier with more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and service industry, and is a respected wine educator, judge and industry advisor. In 2003 Adam Dial co-founded Appellation America.