dr-frank-2012-reserve-rieslingDr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Reserve Riesling ($25) aligns nicely with the recent trend of richer, decidedly off-dry rieslings in the Finger Lakes.

The nose is a stunner, showing aromas of Golden Delicious apple, Bartlett pear, peach, honey, fennel frond, green melon and delicate floral notes.

Round and weighty, the palate shows intensely ripe fruit and similar flavors — peach, pomme fruit and melon — with a slight bruised-apple note. Though sweet, it’s balanced by delicate acidity that keeps it from being cloying. The light herbal and floral notes are a bit hidden, but emerge as the wine warms a bit.

Don’t over-chill this wine if you want to enjoy all of its intricacies. I liked it best almost at room temperature.

Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 11.5 %
TA: 8.4 g/L
pH: 3.11
Production: 457 cases
Price: $25*

(3.5 out of 5 | Very Good, Recommended to Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)