Dr. Konstantin Frank, Blanc de Blancs 2017, Finger Lakes, NY
This award-winning New York sparkling is made from 100% hand-harvested Chardonnay and aged on the lees 36 months. It has notes of pastry dough, pear, lemon curd, minerality, a fine mousse, creamy texture, and crisp apple finish.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Finger Lakes
REGION: Upstate New York
VINEYARD: Keuka Estate
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
SOIL: Shallow, shale-based silt loam
PRACTICE: Hand-harvesting and winemaking, sustainable
VINIFICATION: Handpicked, whole cluster press in stainless steel, fermented only with gentle cuvee press, 5% barrel fermented, secondary fermentation in bottle aged on the lees 36 months.
PRIMARY AROMAS: Fresh pastry dough, Bartlett pear, lemon curd, mineral
FLAVOR: Fine mousse, creamy mouthfeel, crisp apple finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is the pioneer of the Eastern United States’ vinifera movement. Situated on the southwestern hills of Keuka Lake, it was here in 1957 that Dr. Konstantin Frank planted the first vinifera vines in the Eastern United States and ignited the “Vinifera Revolution”. This movement would forever change the course of winemaking in New York. Four generations strong, the Frank family are leaders of grape growing and winemaking throughout the Finger Lakes.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Our vineyards on Keuka Lake are situated on the west side of the lake east-facing on very steep slopes. Elevations range from 950 ft to 1200 ft (Keuka Lake is at 710 ft above sea level). The shallow soils are both Volusia channery silt loam and Mardin channery silt loam which are acidic with high levels of shale.
Keuka Lake is a bit cooler compared to Seneca Lake as the deepest part of the lake is roughly 187 feet. Not every year, but during the coldest winters, Keuka Lake can freeze over. The cooler mesoclimate of our vineyards lends itself to a more mineral style of Riesling. Red grape varieties grown on our Keuka vineyards provide acidity and elegance. The cooler climate is perfect for the production of traditional method sparkling wine. All of our Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier used for our sparkling wines are grown on Keuka Lake.