Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars, on Keuka Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region is well known for it's riesling. In fact, some say that their dry riesling is among the best (if not the best) riesling in the U.S.
But what about the reds? I'd never tasted any Dr. Frank reds until I opened this bottle last weekend. My hopes weren't overly high because I tend not to like Finger Lakes reds -- they always taste green and vegetal to me.
This one, however, I liked quite a bit.
Eyes: Easily recognizable as pinot noir, light-to-medium ruby
Nose: Toasty, slightly smoky oak, mushrooms, earth and a little cherry in the background
Tongue: Medium bodied with good acidity. There are some tannins, but they are soft and well incorporated. Definitely more earthy than fruity (a good thing).
Price: It's sold out and I'm having trouble finding the price. I'm guessing in the $18-ish range
Lenn's Grade: B/B+
Overall: This makes two Finger Lakes pinot noirs that I've liked. I look forward to trying more of them and reviewing them. This would be great with fall foods.