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Winery Accolades

We are proud to be New York’s Most Award-winning Winery since 1962. We won an incredible 129 gold medals in 2013, the most we’ve ever won. The number of accolades our Finger Lakes winery wins each year is a testament to our quality of wines. Below please see a list for all of our vintage accolades.

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Accolades By Vintage

Amber Rkatsiteli 2018

Amber Rkatsiteli 2018

91 White Wine of the Year Decanter

Amber Rkatsiteli 2019

Amber Rkatsiteli 2019

91 Wine Enthusiast

"This rare Georgian variety is a hallmark for the winery, which has vines dating back to the early 1980s. The wine sees extended skin contact and is aged in a mix of neutral barrel, amphora and clayver. Incredibly floral on the nose, it dazzles in a bevy of milky white flowers, peppery white spice and peach. The medium-bodied palate follows suit, displaying an alluring mix of tart stone fruit, flowers and spice. There’s a pleasing, textural grip to it all, akin to the delicate tannins of oolong tea. —A.P"

Blanc de Blancs 2012

Blanc de Blancs 2012

90 Wine Enthusiast

"There is a pronounced floral perfume that lingers from nose to finish in this fresh, fruity Chardonnay sparkling wine. Made in the traditional-method style, it's zippy and spry boasting cutting lemon and green apple flavors tinged with caramelized sugar. Tiny, piercing bubbles expand to a dense, mouthfilling foam but dissipate elegantly on the finish."

92 Wine & Spirits

"Konstantin Frank’s Blanc de Blancs is chardonnay with an Alsatian feel. Leading with a fine mousse, it’s lean, tart and mineral, with a lemon-lime scent as well as a hint of smoke. The flavors are mouthwatering and young, with lots of citrusy persistence. Impressive."

Blanc de Blancs 2013

Blanc de Blancs 2013

94 Double Gold AWS

89 Jamie Goode

Blanc de Blancs 2014

Blanc de Blancs 2014

90 Wine Advocate

"This has a bit more of a steely edge than the fruitier 2014 Brut, a crisper feel and a hint of stones. There is a little more barrel here, too, but there is not much on either. The Brut is sexier, but this is a little more intense. This will win in the end, but at this point, pick 'em according to your taste. This should age well, as they all tend to do."

90 Wine Enthusiast

"Sourced from estate vineyards that were planted in the 1970s, this Chardonnay-based sparkler offers broad aromas of toast, almond and brown sugar, lifted by sharp lemon peel on the nose. A fine perlage carries the palate, with citrus, apple and toast flavors pushing toward an almond finish. It's a beautiful mix of warm autolysis flavors against pristine, detailed fruit."

Blanc de Noirs 2012

Blanc de Noirs 2012

90 Wine Enthusiast

"Sugar cookies and caramel accent fresh apple and berry in this traditional-method sparkler made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This shows zesty raspberry augmented by vigorous, tiny bubbles and a thick, densely structured foam."

88 Wine Spectator

"Enticing, with a mix of pear, red apple, peach and honeysuckle notes, laced with a light ginger thread for spine through the finish. Disgorged July 2017. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. "

90 Wine & Spirits

"Lean, fresh and more than a little earthy, this Blanc de Noirs has a scent of chalk-dusted Rainier cherries and a mildly saline finish. Deploy its focus and lean flavors on a plate of escargot."

Blanc de Noirs 2013

Blanc de Noirs 2013

91 Wine Advocate

"Full-bodied and concentrated, this rolls around the mouth and coats the palate nicely. The fruit is reasonably fresh despite the long aging, but the nose, in particular, shows complexities of age. It lingers on the palate beautifully, the underlying acidity supporting the wine well. It's pretty delicious too, in a dry and serious fashion, with just a hint of truffle. This is impressive on many fronts, in short. It is also very well priced, a terrific bargain."

91 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"A posh, stylish sparkling from pinot noir, this leads with scents of Rainier cherries and Bosc pears. The generous apple flavors finish with a burst of clean, talc-like acidity."

90 James Suckling

"A fruity sparkling wine with lots of strawberry and peach character, medium to full body and a creamy finish. Delicious."

90 Vinous

Blanc de Noirs 2014

Blanc de Noirs 2014

91 Wine Advocate

"Probably the most intense of the sparklers, by a little bit, this still has finesse, elegance and that big, crisp finish nuanced with dried red fruits. For all of the nice acidity, this is impeccably balanced. I hate to sound like a broken record, but this really shows well, again. The winery is doing well with both consistency and quality. This would be my pick of the sparklers, but it is pretty close, and reasonable minds may differ."

92 Wine Enthusiast

"Made almost entirely from Pinot Noir, with just a dollop of Pinot Meunier, this sparkler starts off with finessed aromas of crushed salt, lemon peel and yellow apple. The palate offers a smooth perlage that carries zesty flavors of citrus, apple and white raspberry, all accented by lightly toasted brioche. Zesty citrus tones extend on the finish, giving this a mouthwatering feel that leaves you coming back for more."

Blanc de Noirs 2016

Blanc de Noirs 2016

90 Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Blanc de Noirs is a 75/25 blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir—an unusual blend, due to warm vintage conditions that the winery liked for the Pinot Meunier—coming in with eight grams of residual sugar, 8.5 of total acidity and 12% alcohol. A tiny amount of the juice (5%) was fermented in used French oak. Per the sticker on the back (happily, the winery is transparent), this was disgorged in July 2020 after about 40 months on the lees. Crisp and textured with steel and silk, this works out well. There's tension on the long finish and plenty of power. In structure, it doesn't lose anything compared to different blends. However, it is a little less impressive in character and complexity. This energetic sparkler is still pretty terrific. It should age well, maybe better than noted. There were 140 cases produced."

91 Wine Enthusiast

"This blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier offers bright, well-defined aromas of lemon peel and yellow apple wrapped in a warm, toasted brioche accent. The palate boasts a persistent perlage and a delicate tension that elongates the tense citrus and apple finish."

91 Decanter

"This Blanc de Noirs makes clear the potential of the Finger Lakes with traditional-method sparkling wines. The blend here is 95% Pinot Noir with a drop of Meunier, all from vineyards on Keuka Lake. Only the first-press juice is used, a bit of it fermented in cask. The wine is three years on the lees and dosed at 8g/l, giving a well-integrated yeasty note of buttered toast with a floral edge and a suggestion of marzipan. The mousse is lively and carries the crisp yet creamy texture to a winning finish."

Blaufrankisch 2016

Blaufrankisch 2016

89 Wine Advocate

"It results in a wine with silky texture, elegance and nuanced flavors—neither fully blue fruit or red fruit but something intriguingly in the middle. It has good depth for the price level, region and grapes. In its youth, it is solid while still maintaining its finesse. The tannins are ripe for a young wine, but happily, there is a sign of a backbone."

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Sour cherry, bramble berry and a bit of pepper carry the nose of this wine. The medium-bodied palate is soft in feel, with juicy red cherry and strawberry flavors that meld with a floral lilt. This is enjoyable for its immediate easy drinking appeal."

91 James Suckling

"Attractive blackberry and blueberry aromas with plenty of blue flowers, too. The palate delivers a crunchy and tangy array of blueberry flavors, fine and smooth tannins and handy freshness. Very drinkable now."

91 Jamie Goode

Double Gold NY Classic

Blaufrankisch 2017

Blaufrankisch 2017

88 Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"(No text was given from W&S)"

Brut 2012

Brut 2012

91 Wine Enthusiast

"Saline and mineral tones accent fresh apple, pear and lemon in this zippy, invigorating sparkling wine. Made in a Chardonnay-based traditional-method style, its delicate pétillance and whiffs of caramelized sugar and brioche are enticing."

88 Wine Spectator

"Pear, apple and almond notes glide along in this medium-weight sparkler, with a rounded feel through the finish, where a kiss of brioche checks in. Disgorged May 2017. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier."

Brut 2013

Brut 2013

90 Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"This smells as sweet as frosting, but the flavors open up toward round, generous, leesy apple, only to pivot toward lemon-lime spritz on the finish. It’s dynamic and intriguing; for a lobster roll."

88 Jamie Goode

"Blend of the three main Champagne grapes. Lively, fresh and fruity with nice bright citrus fruit. Taut and herby with nice brightnesss. "

Brut 2014

Brut 2014

90 Wine Advocate

"This combines rich fruit with good acidity, making a consumer-friendly sparkler that tastes great yet still has some distinction. This is the sexiest of the sparklers, although not the most intense or complex. This should easily last another decade, more perhaps. It is young and vibrant today."

92 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"After a few moments of funky confusion, this sparkler locks into place like a signal on a radar screen. A blend of mostly pinot noir and chardonnay, with a dollop of pinot meunier, it’s bright and nervy, with bracing notes of citrus and salt and a mildly leesy savor. It has the tension and clarity to pair with whitefish, like sole. "

Brut 2016

Brut 2016

91 Wine Enthusiast

"Vibrant aromas of lemon curd and pear mix with salt and brioche on the nose of this sparkler that’s made from 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier. The palate is racy and bright, with a persistent perlage that carries flavors of lemon and apple. A lightly toasted brioche note lingers on the close."

Gold San Francisco Chronicle 2020

Brut 2017

Brut 2017

91 Wine Advocate

"Beautifully done, this seems fresh and balanced. It tastes great, but the acidity supports the fruit and always makes this seem dry and serious, not just fruity. There's a crispy finish with slight nuances of toast. Mostly, this is not about complexity, but it is vibrant and lovely overall, a middle-of-the-road sparkler that still has notable distinction at a rather nice price."

92 Best Buy Year's Best US Sparkling Wine & Spirits

Brut Rose 2013

Brut Rose 2013

90 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"Coppery pink and luminous in the glass, this pink sparkler has a scent of strawberries and a fine mousse. The texture is marked by a slightly pithy edge, and stony, chipped-rock minerality on the finish. Pair with salmon en papillote."

95 Best of NY AWS

Brut Rose 2014

Brut Rose 2014

88 Wine & Spirits

"As bright as cherry candy, this is balanced and broad, a prickle of acid and hints of lees and stone behind the candy-apple flavors."

Cabernet Franc 2015

Cabernet Franc 2015

88 Wine Enthusiast

"While whiffs of bramble, white mushroom and earth are savory on the nose, the palate of this full-bodied Cabernet Franc is bright and fruity. Juicy black-cherry and berry flavors are forward and fresh, marked by crisp acidity and ripe persistent tannins."

87 Wine Spectator

"This has a good core of cherry and red currant preserves, with light cedar and tobacco notes along the edges. The focused finish has good length. Drink now."

92 Jamie Goode

Cabernet Franc 2016

Cabernet Franc 2016

89 Wine Advocate

"This puts it all together in most respects—concentration, structure and smooth, sensual texture. Powerfully built for such an inexpensive wine, it is also one in need of some time to develop. "

89 Wine Enthusiast

"This is a light-bodied Cabernet Franc that offers tones of spiced currant and cranberry on the nose and palate, with a delicate framing of green herbs. It is carried by juicy acidity and a line of fine-grained tannins that meld with the tart red-fruit flavors. Drink now for its immediate appeal."

89 Vinous

"New World–style Cabernet Franc, though a fine example of it. Aged 18 months in 2- to 4-year-old French oak. Light violet-red. On the nose, savory, peppery aromas, along with berry pastry. Fresh on the palate, offering cherry and berry. The oak is here throughout, but it plays nice enough. Long, drying tannins and a crushed-stone finish."

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

87 Wine Enthusiast

"Intensely ripe and luscious aromas of black cherry and plum are shaded in anise and vanilla on the nose of this plush Cabernet Sauvignon. It's rich and round in mouthfeel with soft yielding acidity, but the boldly tannic finish lends structure."

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

87 Vinous

"Full-bodied, rich and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15% Merlot in the blend. Aged 18 months in 2- to 4-year-old French oak. Deep dark red. On the nose, aromas of cedar and berry pastry. On the palate, black cherry, tobacco and a bitter finish of espresso."

Celebre

Celebre

88 Wine Advocate

"Showing more sugar than its siblings, this still has good acidity and a fresh feel. Nicely done in its style, this is going to be a consumer favorite for picnics and the like, but it has a little distinction too. Did I mention that it tastes great? It may age longer than anticipated, but this should really be drunk fresh, when it is at its most exuberant point."

89 Wine Enthusiast

"With its juicy, concentrated peach, nectarine and apple flavors, the Célèbre is Dr. Frank's more approachable, easy-going sparkling. It's fruity, forward and delicately sweet yet maintains steadfast acidity and a soft, foamy mouthfeel."

87

"Aromas and flavors of grapefruit and honey, with a touch of spice, and soft and creamy on the palate."

Celebre Rose NV

Celebre Rose NV

93 Gold AWS

Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay 2015

90 Best Buy Wine Enthusiast

"pple blossoms and crisp Asian pears perfume this exceptionally light-footed Chardonnay. While delicate in style, concentrated green apple, quince, and integrated oak tones lend oomph to the midpalate. The finish is long, fresh and blossomy. Drink now through 2018."

Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay 2017

88 Wine Advocate

"Fresh and friendly, this does show a little wood at times, but there is enough unoaked juice so that it shows its fruit and liveliness too. Respectably concentrated for the level."

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Aromas of pineapple and lemongrass carry this fruit-forward Chardonnay. There’s a slight char to the fruit on the palate, with juicy tropical and stone-fruit flavors pushing through to the lingering finish."

Chardonnay 2019

Chardonnay 2019

90 Wine Enthusiast

"Best Buy. Bright, crisp aromas of peach, apple and yellow blossoms grace the nose of this deftly balanced Chardonnay. About half sees time in French oak, which adds a slightly creamy texture and a bit of spice to the ripe orchard fruit flavors on the palate. The fruit lingers pleasantly on the close. Best Buy. —A.P."

Dry Riesling 2015

Dry Riesling 2015

90 #74 Best Buy Wine Enthusiast

"Bright mango and pineapple tones are cut by laser-sharp edges of lime in this delicately structured dry Riesling. Invigorating white grapefruit and a steely sensation gild a lingering finish."

88 Wine Spectator

"A high-pitched style, with notes of pippin apple and Key lime zest rippling through, backed by crunchy acidity on the finish. Lean but invigorating. Drink now through 2018."

91 Wine & Spirits

"This dry white has an intriguing pine-tip freshness to its scent, and a breadth of wheaty lees and sweet apple flavor that’s firm on the back end, tightened by a splash of lime."

Dry Riesling 2016

Dry Riesling 2016

90 Wine Advocate

"This is a Dry Riesling with a lot of energy, fine focus and excellent concentration. This tightly-wound Riesling combines structure and fine fruit perfectly. The fruit is expressive, fresh and aromatic. The tension on the finish allows it to linger nicely. There's a bit of steel underneath. Dr. Frank is right on the mark here, all for a very nice price. It is a can't-miss bargain. It should age pretty well and it will likely be better this time next year."

89 Wine Enthusiast

"Clean aromas of quince and limestone ride over a riper stone fruit core. Light bodied in feel, the dry palate is taut and focused, with tart apricot, lime and a chalky, mineral tone."

90 AWS

Dry Riesling 2017

Dry Riesling 2017

89 Wine Advocate

"Lively and sunny, this has a fresh and friendly feel up front, but then it proves that it has fine persistence and some power too. It's dry, but not austere. This has beautiful length on the finish. The mid-palate is elegant, but it has enough concentration. It's another fine Riesling value in the Finger Lakes."

89 Wine Enthusiast

"A delicate pome-fruit aroma meets a tinge of peach and passion fruit on the nose. While the palate is fruity and straightforward, it offers well-honed flavors of apple and stone fruit, with a refreshing line of acidity to balance."

89 Vinous

"One of the classic, good-value Finger Lakes expressions of Riesling. Bright, fresh nose of lime zest and white flowers. Juicy palate of grapefruit, lime and green apple, with lively acidity leading to a clean, crisp finish. "

Dry Riesling 2018

Dry Riesling 2018

87 Wine Enthusiast

"Quiet aromas of lemon-lime, apple peel and thyme carry the nose. The medium bodied palate is tart in lime and green apple flavors, with racy acidity pushing it along to a short finish. It ends with a talc-like dryness."

Bronze San Francisco Chronicle

Dry Riesling 2019

Dry Riesling 2019

90 Wine Advocate

"My tongue is still tingling—the sugar here merely prevents the acidity from running away with this wine, but there is plenty of power on the gripping and tense finish. After the enticing and classic aromatics, this finishes with a bang. There is a hint of petrol as it warms and airs out, but not much. Beautifully done and very elegant, it's another fine value from the winery this issue."

Dry Rose of Blaufrankisch 2017

Dry Rose of Blaufrankisch 2017

87 Wine Enthusiast

"This wine's peach blossom and citrus aromas lead to a palate driven by sour cherry and creamy strawberry fruit. There's some roundness to the feel and fresh, balancing acidity, offering a nice home for all these flavors."

Dry Rose of Cabernet Franc 2018

Dry Rose of Cabernet Franc 2018

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Pale-pink in color, this single-variety rosé offers underripe strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose, with accents of wet stone and peppery spice. The light-bodied palate is silken in feel and rounded out by tart red-fruit flavors that are bolstered by pulsing acidity. While lightly concentrated in flavor, it is quite enjoyable and well balanced."

92 Beverage Dynamics

Dry Rose of Pinot Noir 2018

Dry Rose of Pinot Noir 2018

87 Wine Advocate

"This has beautiful flavors and respectable concentration for the difficult vintage and the level. The energy is less impressive—it's round and harmonious, an easy-drinker. It does have a bit of distinction, though. "

89 Wine Enthusiast

"A pale-pink hue and bright aromas of strawberry, melon and dried chamomile start this off. There's good concentration on the palate in juicy red-fruit flavors, with a pleasing roundness that's framed by bright acidity and delicate tannins."

Eugenia Dry Riesling 2016

Eugenia Dry Riesling 2016

90 Wine Spectator

"Juicy and lively, with crunchy acidity carrying a range of fennel, pippin apple, kiwifruit core and lime zest notes. Shows good cut on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2021."

90 James Suckling

"A very striking, herbal and licorice nose leads you into this sleek and polished dry white. Some tannins give grip to the crisp lemon and mineral finish. "

91 Jamie Goode

Eugenia Dry Riesling 2017

Eugenia Dry Riesling 2017

91 Wine Advocate

"It certainly seemed concentrated, round and easy to drink on opening, surprisingly lush when contrasted with the last vintage I saw. It started out with a rich and full-bodied feel. The underlying acidity and tension are there, though, even if not overly aggressive in the wine's youth. As this aired out, it became more transparent, the overall concentration notwithstanding, but remained very approachable. Then, retasted the next day, it changed notably. Suddenly, it was all about the structure again. As it warmed, it added classic flavors and a touch of petrol, something to watch. It took another hour for the wine to come back into balance. This Riesling can indeed use the extra time the winery is giving it."

90 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"From one of the oldest blocks on the estate, planted in the 1970s, this leads with scents of honeysuckle and peach blossoms. The flavors are a pure shot of apple, carried in a rich, beeswax texture. For roast chicken."

93 Vinous

"Beautiful, complex Riesling from one of Dr. Frank’s oldest parcels, dating to the early 1970s. Big aromas and flavors of pineapple and candied lime and a lovely smoky note. Energetic palate with a deep, intense, salty mineral core, then a long finish of smooth stones."

Eugenia Dry Riesling 2019

Eugenia Dry Riesling 2019

94 Wine Advocate

"The juicy and tense finish, however, has a bright and precise combination of power and delicacy to it that makes it simply special. This should have the opportunity to continue improving for a decade or more. As it comes into better balance, it should become even more interesting."

91 Year's Best Riesling Wine & Spirits

"There's just enough petrol in the scent of this riesling to lend complexity and gravitas to the lees and lemon notes. The flavors broaden to apple and pear, but it's delivered with great persistence and concentraion, framed by a stony, slatey mineral note."

93 Decanter

"From one of the early plots planted by Dr Konstantin Frank in 1968 on the shallow shale shores of Keuka Lake, this delivers aromas of ripe peach fruit with a pronounced petrolly, mineral edge. An excellent result from a relatively cool vintage, this is bone dry, light and crisp, yet there is an intensity and depth of flavour that is truly rewarding."

Gewurztraminer 2016

Gewurztraminer 2016

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Clean and focused on the nose in tangerine, fresh red apple, and pear, these notes carry to the light-bodied palate, with delicate rose petals showing midway. Balanced acidity, a mild, chalky texture and lingering floral finish give this wine some cachet."

88 Wine & Spirits

"This delicate white has a softly floral scent and elegant flavors of litchi and rosewater. The wine’s length and finely wrought acidity is its lasting impression."

Gewurztraminer 2017

Gewurztraminer 2017

89 Wine Advocate

"This is very well done, another fine bargain from Dr. Frank. This screams Gewürz in character. It's heavier on the lychees than on the spice, but those flavors linger a long while. It has good concentration for the level, although it could be more tightly wound. It is more persistent than it seems at first, though. It's also pretty delicious, if you like Gewürz, and impeccably balanced. The sugar doesn't stand out at all—it simply cuts the inherent bitterness of the grape. This is well done."

91 Wine & Spirits

"A gewurz that flirts with the herbal and walks away with its dignity intact, this wine has a lovely balance between a celery-seed note and juicy pineapple flavors, with a nice, tense finish. "

Gewurztraminer 2018

Gewurztraminer 2018

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Bright aromas of grapefruit, white flowers and pink peppercorn meld with a slightly grassy hop note on the nose. The palate is rounded in feel, showing a creamy melon flavor that’s honed by a lick of bitter spice."

88 Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"A classic gewürz that reflects the coolness of the Finger Lakes without too much austerity, this has textbook scents of litchi and white roses, assertive but not overly phenolic. The flavors are lemony and rounded; for choucroute garnie."

Bronze San Francisco Chronicle

Gewurztraminer 2019

Gewurztraminer 2019

88 Wine Advocate

"This is sourced from Keuka vineyard blocks from 1968 and 1981. Enticingly aromatic with its classic rose petal nuances, this is a balanced Gewürz that shows off some lychees on the finish. The modest sugar is easily offset by the acidity. Very gentle and just a touch bland for this grape, it lacks some power and doesn't show much spice, but the rest is quite well done, certain to make fans of this grape happy at a pretty nice price. This is always a nice and consistent offering, never quite having the structure to rise to star status, but always delivering plenty of easy-sipping value."

Gruner Veltliner 2016

Gruner Veltliner 2016

89 Wine Enthusiast

"Zesty and fresh, this bristling Grüner Veltliner offers pristine tangerine, lime and melon flavors. While delicate in concentration, vibrant acidity and crisp lime pith notes reverberate on the finish."

91 Top 100 Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"Salty and green, with a scent of lime blossom and a savory suite of flavors that are both floral and leafy, this wine runs parallel to the variety as it’s grown in Austria but manages to glance off those attributes…green, but in a different way, angular, but not quite the same angle. Uncork for sweet-pea risotto."

Gruner Veltliner 2017

Gruner Veltliner 2017

88 Wine Advocate

"This is a very nice bargain in its youth. It is not the biggest or most powerful Grüner, but it has good concentration and coats the palate nicely. There is reasonable tension on the finish and white pepper and spice as well."

89 Vinous

"Dr. Frank has the most acreage of Grüner Veltliner on the East Coast, and this is one of the better examples from the region. Very aromatic style of Grüner Veltliner, offering white flowers, cut flower stem, lime zest and white pepper. Good acidity, flavors of peach and apricot, and a little bit of spice and pepper on the long, flinty finish."

93 Beverage Dynamics

Gruner Veltliner 2018

Gruner Veltliner 2018

88 Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"Salty, biscuity, cool and pretty, this grüner possesses high-toned lemon and pea-shoot scents, with flavors that are a bit more plump and chewy. Chill it ice-cold for pasta tossed with arugula pesto."

Silver San Francisco Chronicle

Gruner Veltliner 2019

89 Wine Advocate

"Granting that they are not all here, this seems like one of the better performances for this grape from the winery. With touches of pepper on the finish, it feels reasonably full in the mouth and adds some power. It succeeds, though, because it is very expressive this year while maintaining its focus and precision. It has the structure to hold, and under screw cap, it should do pretty well. Of the producer's still whites not named "Riesling," I debated whether this or the regular Rkatsiteli was the best. Ultimately, I gave the latter a slight nod, but it was close. We'll see what happens in a couple of years."

91 Decanter

"Dr Frank’s Grüner is produced with grapes grown on the southeast shores of Seneca Lake in the region known as the Banana Belt for the ripeness of the fruit it delivers. The wine shows typical Grüner aromas of ripe apricot with accents of white pepper and flowers. Although it is completely dry, there is still good density here, but it is more Federspiel than Smaragd in character and still pleasantly persistent on the palate."

Hilda Chardonnay 2016

Hilda Chardonnay 2016

90 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"Named for Konstantin Frank’s daughter, this chardonnay is refreshingly lean. It blends a leesy Weetabix note with flavors that are at once salty and lemony; a mouthwatering white for trout. "

Hilda Chardonnay 2017

Hilda Chardonnay 2017

91 Wine Enthusiast

"This single-vineyard wine from a plot just north of the estate on Keuka Lake offers a pleasing intensity of grilled citrus, limestone and buttered bread. The medium-bodied palate is tense in citrus and mineral flavors, broadened out by accents of peach tart and cream. Lemon curd rings on the lingering finish."

89 Wine Spectator

"Focused, with fresh acidity carrying the apple and pear fruit flavors. Light verbena and hazelnut accents add to the finish."

Silver Global Chardonnay Masters

Lena Reserve 2015

Lena Reserve 2015

93 Jamie Goode

Lena Reserve 2016

Lena Reserve 2016

91 Wine Advocate

"This kitchen-sink blend is intriguing, to say the least. It has a medley of flavors from herbs to plums, mostly leaning to darker fruits. The acidity creates a juicy finish. The structure is excellent, the concentration good. It has the depth and power to age beautifully. You could drink it now if you wanted to, but I'd say this needs a couple of years of cellaring. I won't be surprised if it holds 15+ years—and it might improve notably in time as well. Let's be a little conservative on this new bottling, but the future looks bright."

Margrit Dry Riesling 2016

Margrit Dry Riesling 2016

90 Wine Spectator

"Fresh and engaging, with a mix of pippin apple, lime zest and kiwifruit flavors. Offers a tangy slate echo through the light, detailed finish. Well done. Drink now through 2021."

91 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"“Fruit that knows how to party” is how one taster described this wine, noting how the peach, pear and dried apple fruit last in harmony, carried by firm, tense acids. A clean, fresh riesling for brook trout. "

Margrit Dry Riesling 2017

Margrit Dry Riesling 2017

91 Year's Best Wine & Spirits

"Margrit comes from the Frank family’s vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake, one lake over from their home vineyard on Keuka. The wine feels windswept and dry, brisk and slightly herbal, with citrus flavors delivered in a juicy burst. It’s delicious, with the heft for duck confit."

90 Vinous

"From a single vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake. More subtle than Eugenia, with apricot, pear and a touch of talc on the nose. In the mouth, underripe nectarine and juicy pear, but there’s interesting tension and a long, stony finish."

93 AWS

Margrit Dry Riesling 2019

Margrit Dry Riesling 2019

91 Wine Enthusiast

"Sourced from a vineyard on Seneca Lake, this wine offers a stony, earthy core surrounded by citrus and apple tones on the nose. The palate is broad and juicy yet dry in style, with honed lemon, pome fruit and crushed stone elements zipping along."

Merlot 2015

Merlot 2015

89 Vinous

"A rather meaty, full-bodied Merlot. Aged 10 months in 2- to 4-year-old French oak. Purplish-red. Nose of grilled meat, cherry pie, cedar, cardamom. and gingerbread cookie. Unique palate of cured meat, ripe tomato and olive. Surprising, odd Merlot."

Muscat Ottonel 2017

Muscat Ottonel 2017

88 Wine & Spirits

"Scents of orange pulp and orange oil lead in this exotic muscat. It’s got a bit of flower petal bitterness on the back end, suggesting lemon sole as a pairing."

93 Gold AWS

Old Vines Pinot Noir 2015

Old Vines Pinot Noir 2015

89+ Wine Advocate

Old Vines Pinot Noir 2016

Old Vines Pinot Noir 2016

90 Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast

"The grapes for this wine are partially sourced from the winery's Keuka Lake estate vineyards that were planted in 1958, with the remainder coming from an estate vineyard on Seneca Lake. There's an earthy, woodsy element to the nose, like a fresh whiff of rooibos tea, but plenty of fruit rides underneath. Crunchy cranberry and blueberry flavors revolve around tightly coiled acidity, with a pleasing clench of tannins providing solid structure."

90 Wine & Spirits

"The pinot noir vines for this bottling include some of the oldest in the country, planted in 1957. In 2016, they produced a woodsy, brambly pinot, the crunchy wild-strawberry flavors scented with a hint of tobacco. It’s lean and light, with a composure and a tart freshness that would pair well with smoked trout."

91 Jamie Goode

Old Vines Pinot Noir 2017

Old Vines Pinot Noir 2017

90 Wine Enthusiast

"Aromas of freshly pressed cherries, earthy stems and delicate peppery spice carry the nose of this Pinot Noir that’s partially sourced from vineyards on Keuka Lake that were planted in 1958. The light-bodied palate is rounded and juicy in feel, with tart cherry and currant flavors pushed along by persistent acidity. A delicate cocktail bitters note arises on the midpalate and resolves into the smooth, silky tannins on the finish."

88 Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"Lean and bright, with a cool, leafy cherry scent and luminous red-fruit flavors, this feels light and effortless, a wine to chill for a plate of mortadella. "

Pinot Blanc 2017

Pinot Blanc 2017

89 Wine & Spirits

"Made in a riper style, this wine leads with scents of bruised apples, pear and quince. It’s round and generous, with a brisk finish."

Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris 2016

88 Wine Enthusiast

"A touch of lemon candy brightens this fresh fruity Pinot Gris. It's dry and light bodied in style, offering crisp peach and grapefruit flavors. The finish is pristine but brisk. "

Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris 2017

91 Wine & Spirits

"Lemony and bright, with a chalky overtone, this pinot gris offers sweet, crisp apple flavor, with a savory wooly finish. The fine-grained texture gives it the heft to pair with pork loin."

90 Vinous

"One of the top Pinot Gris I tasted in the Finger Lakes. Expressive floral and herbal nose of honeysuckle, thyme and tarragon. Lots of tropical fruit – kiwi and mango – on the palate, and underlying slaty minerality."

92 AWS

Reserve Gewurztraminer 2017

Reserve Gewurztraminer 2017

91 Wine Enthusiast

"This white offers an intense nose of white flowers, apple and lychee alongside bright shots of pink grapefruit. Firmly off-dry on the palate, it shows pristine flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruit all honed by persistent, fresh acidity. Blossomy white flowers and peppery spice linger on the finish."

89

"Fuller-bodied with bigger aromas and flavors. Fresh nose of honeysuckle, rose and lychee. Fleshy tropical fruit, melon and baking spice on the palate. Very good acidity for Gewürztraminer. "

Reserve Riesling 2016

Reserve Riesling 2016

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Ripe aromas of peach, yellow apple and orchard blossoms offer some concentration on the nose. Medium sweet in style, there's a weighty feel to the stone-fruit flavors, with a mild vein of lime maintaining balance."

88 Wine Spectator

"Features an off-dry edge, with friendly yellow apple, jasmine and white ginger notes bouncing through. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2020. 299 cases made."

Reserve Riesling 2017

Reserve Riesling 2017

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Sourced from a vineyard on the lower east side of Seneca Lake, this semidry wine offers aromas of ripe peach and white flowers on the nose. It is luscious and creamy on the palate, driven by stone-fruit and mango flavors, and held in check by an integrated backbone of acidity."

Rkatsiteli 2017

Rkatsiteli 2017

90 Wine Advocate

"This is pretty beautiful, textured, fruity and gripping on the finish. The sugar is a bit obvious just now, but the acidity carefully defines the fruit and balances the wine. It doesn't seem anywhere near as obvious as the eight grams of sugar would suggest (still "medium dry" in any event, very much a table wine). This is well done and quite delicious. It should age pretty well too, but there is no reason to wait."

Best Buy Wine & Spirits

"This is bright and angular, with scents of scallion and lime that give way to an herb-tinged core of green-apple flavor. Serve ice cold to play up the nervous acidity. "

93 James Suckling

"So drinkable and fresh, this really shows the potential of this variety in the Finger Lakes. Aromas of white peaches and lemons with some fresh-pastry notes, leading to a palate that has elegant and a precise interplay of fruit and acidity. Sleek and fleshy, lemon and green-mango finish. "

90

91 Jamie Goode

Rkatsiteli 2019

Rkatsiteli 2019

90 Wine Advocate

"The 2019 Rkatsiteli, from Keuka Lake vines planted variously in 1983, 1983 and 2003, comes in with seven grams of residual sugar, 9.2 of total acidity and 12% alcohol. The acidity pretty much obliterates the sugar here, leaving a crisp and somewhat nervy wine that still has great fruit, even as it seems a little lean on opening. The tension on the finish nicely lifts the fruit and slams it home. Wholly unevolved, this will improve in the bottle over the next year or two, becoming more harmonious. It will also be refreshing in the spring and summer of 2021, as warmer weather rolls into much of the country. This has been an extremely consistent and overachieving value for quite a while, and this is another fine release. With its structure and that screw cap, it should age well, maybe even better than indicated. If it can also develop well, it might turn into an even bigger star."

Saperavi 2016

Saperavi 2016

90 Wine Advocate

"This is on track to be my favorite vintage of this brand. Fresh and full of plums and blackberries, this is ultimately dry and crisp, the fruit gloriously lifted by the acidity. The tannins are ripe, but this has a backbone. It's a little tight just now. It also has reasonable concentration for the category. I've seen denser and fleshier versions, but this doesn't feel thin. Its freshness, on the other hand, is first rate. Overall, this enlivening and elegant red is always penetrating on the finish. It tastes great and it should age rather well."

89

"Dr. Frank was the first American winery to plant Saperavi, but they had to call the wine Cuvee Rouge until 2013, because Saperavi was not yet permitted to be listed on the label. Aged 16 months in 2- to 4-year-old French oak. Deep purple, offering dark aromas and flavors of plum and blackberry. Very juicy, with sturdy tannins. A tad jammy, suggesting baked fruit on the palate. Fascinating grape, and drinkable wine, but I wish it was just a little less oaked."

Saperavi 2017

Saperavi 2017

90 Wine & Spirits

"This stylish red is dark and meaty, with notes of smoked bacon and cigar infusing the purple fruit. It’s prodigiously tannic, needing food—like pork belly—to show its best."

91 James Suckling

"Interesting nose with hints of speck, chocolate and ripe blackberries that follow to dried-berry and savory flavors, packaged in fine and slightly bitter tannins and rich acidity. Interesting, enjoyable Finger Lakes expression of this ancient variety from the Caucasus."

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc 2017

89 Wine Advocate

"This shows off all those classic, vegetal Sauv Blanc nuances. It's aromatic, distinctive and flavorful. It is also beautifully textured on the moderately tense finish. The remaining issue is where this goes from here. I'm reluctant to lean up too far on wines that will not age and develop. That said, this seems nicely structured, concentrated relative to the style, level and region and very invigorating. It's another fine value, remarkably pleasing in its youth."

89 Wine Enthusiast

"Vibrant aromas of grapefruit spray, papaya and tomato leaf carry to the textured, light-bodied palate. This is immensely crisp and refreshing in feel, with crunchy green pear and citrus ringing on the finish."

Semi-Dry Riesling 2016

Semi-Dry Riesling 2016

90 Wine Advocate

"Full in the mouth, it finishes with a somewhat sweet edge but the underlying acidity cuts the sugar nicely. The finish lingers, with acidity, sugar and fruit well balanced. As it warms it leans more to the sex appeal side of the ledger but the juicy finish also has a burst of acidity that manages to hold the sugar in check. At the price point this is a can't-miss bargain. It should age rather well, too. The sugar will no doubt fade a bit in time."

88 Wine Enthusiast

"Enticing aromas of ripe stone fruit and red apple pop with intensity on the palate. An acidic vein of crunchy green apple helps maintain balance in this easy-drinking semidry Riesling."

Semi-Dry Riesling 2017

Semi-Dry Riesling 2017

90 Wine Advocate

"Fresh and lively, this has a bright and sunny feel, the acidity easily matching the sugar. Its irresistible perkiness makes it a pleasure to drink. It is easily still a table wine—it controls the sugar beautifully. This was a tricky vintage. Dr. Frank navigated the choppy waters well here. This is a fine value."

Semi-Dry Riesling 2018

Semi-Dry Riesling 2018

91 Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast

"Bright, fruity aromas of mango and pineapple are lifted by zesty accents of lime peel and juiced ginger on the nose. The palate is luscious and rounded, displaying a wealth of ripe tropical-fruit tones dappled in honey, with juicy shots of lemon and orange lifting it all up. It’s a welltextured, smooth and integrated semidry Riesling, with a gently bitter honeycomb note lingering on the finish. Editors’ Choice. "

Silver San Francisco Chronicle 2020

Semi-Dry Riesling 2019

Semi-Dry Riesling 2019

90 Wine Advocate

"Not quite as aggressive as the Dry Riesling, this nonetheless shows off its nice acidity early and often. Focused, precise and pure, it has fine balance. At this price level, this (like its sibling) is a no-brainer purchase. The Dry Riesling has a lot more energy, while this is predictably lusher. Reasonable minds and personal preferences might differ as to which is better. I'd give the nod to the Dry Riesling just now, but it might depend on my mood and how I would use it."

Winter Ferment Gewurztraminer 2019

Winter Ferment Gewurztraminer 2019

90 Wine Advocate

"The 2019 Winter Ferment Gewürztraminer Semi-Dry is unoaked and unusual. By "Winter Ferment," the winery means that the grapes are frozen for three months at zero degrees after pressing, then "allowed to thaw naturally, and then normal fermentation begins. We stop the fermentation before dryness," resulting in this semi-dry white. It comes in with 23 grams of residual sugar, 6.9 of total acidity and 11.5% alcohol. It is sourced from the winery's 1968 and 1981 plantings. A radically different wine than the regular Gewürz this issue, this is on the sweeter and richer side. It lacks the precision of the regular bottling, but it settles onto the palate and coats it. Plus, there is some grip on the finish. The character of the grape comes through, but of course, it is a bit muted with this vinification process. This isn't sweet enough to be a dessert wine, but it does have enough sugar to be like an off-dry Mosel Spätlese. This will be acceptable at the table with the right food pairing, but its highest and best use might be for sipping on its own. It's pretty delicious. Under screw cap, it should age reasonably well, but cellaring it is not really the point here."

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