By Lenn Thompson, Long Island Editor and Editor-in-Chief


To most wine lovers outside of New York (and even many in New York) Dr. Konstantin Frank Viniifera Wine Cellars is synonymous with Finger Lakes wine. Dr. Frank's is one of the region's largest, best and most widely distributed producers. 

Of course, the winery is best known for its riesling bottlings, followed closely by Gewurztraminer and, partly because it's unique and partly because it's unique — Rkatsiteli.

Today's review isn't of any of those well-regarded wines. Instead, we'll focus on a ripe, polished Dr. Konstantin Frank 2007 Cabernet Franc ($20) that still left me wanting just a bit.

Medium ruby-garnet in the glass, this Finger Lakes cabernet franc has aromas of blackberry, cherry, oak, grilled mushrooms and hints of tomato leaf.

Medium bodied and soft and just a little juicy on the palate, the ripe cherry flavors take center stage here with a bit of blackberry and subtle spice. With low tannins and somewhat low acidity, it's almost too smooth around the edges — to the point that I'm not sure it's easily recognizable as cabernet franc. 

I'd like a little less oak, a bit more herbal character and a bit more structure as well, especially acidity.

Still, it's ripe (easier in the hot 2007 year) and is an approachable style of cabernet franc that will appeal to the masses. 

Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 12%
$20* (Buy)
Rating:   (2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)

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