Dr. konstantin Frank

The Legacy of Dr. Konstantin Frank

Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the "Vinifera Revolution" a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank's vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy mediocrity to a level that today commands world attention.

A European immigrant, Dr. Frank and his family arrived in the United States in 1951. After a brief stay in New York City, Dr. Frank, a professor of plant sciences who held a Ph.D. in viticulture, moved upstate to take a position at Cornell University's Geneva Experiment Station.

Dr. Frank believed from his years in the Ukraine that the lack of proper rootstock, not the cold climate, was the reason for the failure of Vitis Vinifera vines in the Finger Lakes region. He continued to promote his beliefs and to seek a sympathetic ear, which he found in Charles Fournier, a French champagne maker and president of nearby Gold Seal Vineyards. Communicating in French, Dr. Frank revealed his research for growing the delicate European vinifera grape varieties in cold climates. For the first time the Northeastern United States could produce European varieties of wines.

In 1962, merely a decade after arriving in America, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars. The winery quickly earned a reputation for spectacular Rieslings and its original planting of vines formed the backbone of New York's world-class wines and champagnes.

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Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer 2017
89  Wine Advocate 
Producer Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the "Vinifera Revolution" a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank's vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy
Item Number: 31219
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Dr. Frank Chardonnay 2017
" Dr. Frank Vintage Chardonnay, entices with rich nuances of pear, vanilla and almond. The mouth is a field of butter and vanilla with a luxuriously creamy finish. This wine is the second most popular wine at the winery and one of the first varieties ever planted in their vineyard. Dr. Frank Wines
Item Number: 31173
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Dr. Frank 'Semi Dry' Riesling 2017
" Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling, has anose of orange blossom, lavender and pear make this wine irrestible. The vibrant mouth feel of this wine reveals flavors of apple, peach, mandarin oranges and leads into a zesty fruit finish. Serve with light spicy foods or dessert. Located on the Keuka
Item Number: 31118
Bottle:$12.45
Case: $149.40
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Dr. Frank 'Dry' Riesling 2017
" A crisp acidity and characteristic Keuka Lake minerality enhance the lively lemon, green apple and floral notes of this wine. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 29876
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Dr. Frank Chardonnay 2016
" From an excellent vintage, the fruit aromas of this wine really shine. Characterized by notes of fresh pineapple, dried apricot and honeysuckle. Finishes with a mineral, creamy mouth feel. Food Pairing:Fried dishes or hearty seafood dishes and pastas with cream sauces. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 28019
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Dr. Frank 'Dry' Riesling 2016
" A crisp acidity and characteristic Keuka Lake minerality enhance the lively lemon, green apple and floral notes of this wine. " ~ Winery notes

Dr. Frank 'Semi Dry' Riesling 2016
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" A nose of orange blossom, lavender and pear make this wine irrestible. The vibrant mouth feel of this wine reveals flavors of apple, peach, mandarin oranges and leads into a zesty fruit finish. Serve with light spicy foods or dessert. " ~ Winery notes

Dr. Frank Gruner Veltliner 2016
"Gruner Veltliner, the great white wine of Austria, finds another happy home in New York's Finger Lakes wine region. Dr. Konstantin's Gruner Veltliner is an excellent example, expressing refreshing citrus flavors, grapefruit, herbs and white pepper spice. Light to medium bodied, this dry wine offers

Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer 2016
" Medium intensity with dominant characters of spice, honey and rose with citrus undertones. The time on skins and the yeast used add palate weight and texture, while enhancing the mineral undertones. The light touch of sweetness is well balanced by a crisp acidity. " ~ Winery notes

Dr. Frank Chardonnay 2015
" From an excellent vintage, the fruit aromas of this wine really shine. Characterized by notes of fresh pineapple, dried apricot and honeysuckle. Finishes with a mineral, creamy mouth feel. Food Pairing:Fried dishes or hearty seafood dishes and pastas with cream sauces. " ~ Winery notes


Dr. Frank 'Dry' Riesling 2015
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"Expressive style with dominant characters of grapefruit, lime and star fruit notes. The crisp acidity enhances the distinct Keuka Lake minerality. All elements are perfectly balanced to make a wine that will last and continue improving for several years."

Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer 2015
"Medium intensity with dominant characters of spice, honey, rose with citrus undertones . The time on skins and the yeast used add palate weight and texture, while enhancing the mineral undertones. The light touch of sweetness is well balanced by a crisp acidity. ~Winery Notes"

Dr. Frank 'Semi Dry' Riesling 2015
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"The fruit was picked in the early morning to retain freshness and fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was stopped before dryness to preserve the fruity character of this wine. Medium intensity with dominant characters of apricot, honeysuckle, stone fruit and

Dr. Frank Gruner Veltliner 2015
"Gruner Veltliner, the great white wine of Austria, finds another happy home in New York's Finger Lakes wine region. Dr. Konstantin's Gruner Veltliner is an excellent example, expressing refreshing citrus flavors, grapefruit, herbs and white pepper spice. Light to medium bodied, this dry wine offers

Dr. Frank 'Old Vines' Pinot Noir 2013
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2013 Pinot Noir “Old Vines” was aged for 18 months in an 80/20 mixture of French and Hungarian oak (20% new, the rest a mixture of one to four years in age). The winery says, “The Dr. Frank Pinot Noir vines are the second oldest in the United States, planted in 1957.” This

Dr. Frank Chardonnay 2014
"About 30% of the juice was fermented in European oak barrels, undergoing partial malo-lactic fermentation and a 10 month maturation period to add complexity and a richer mouth feel to the fruit characters, minerality, and freshness, while the other 70% was aged in stainless steel tanks. Medium

Dr. Frank 'Reserve' Riesling 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2014 Riesling Reserve was sourced from the winery's old Keuka Lake vineyard (1958), with 50% botrytis-affected grapes (the so-called "noble rot"). It comes in at 42 grams per liter of residual sugar and 12% alcohol. What do you get by stepping up to this from the regular

Dr. Frank 'Semi Dry' Riesling 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling is sourced from the winery's Seneca Lake vines (unlike the Dry Riesling). It comes in at 24 grams per liter of residual sugar and 12% alcohol (versus 12.5% for the Dry Riesling). This is concentrated and simply stuffed in the mid-palate for this price

Dr. Frank 'Dry' Riesling 2014
"A crisp acidity and characteristic Keuka Lake minerality enhance the lively lemon, green apple and floral notes of this wine." ~Winery Notes

Dr. Frank Chardonnay 2013
"From an excellent vintage, the fruit aromas of this wine really shine. Characterized by notes of fresh pineapple, dried apricot and honeysuckle. Finishes with a mineral, creamy mouth feel." ~Winery Notes

Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer 2014
(1)
Beverage Testing Institute 90" Exemplifies characteristic Keuka Lake minerality with well integrated notes of sweet citrus, stone fruit, floral and a signature spicy finish. " ~ Winery notes

Dr. Frank Chardonnay 2012
" Medium intensity with fruit dominant characters of fresh pineapple, dried apricot and honeysuckle notes; supported by undertones of minerality and subtle yeasty complexity. Well integrated oak is enhanced by a creamy mouth feel. " ~ Winery notes

Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli 2010
"One of the oldest vinifera grape varieties known to man, Rkatsiteli is an elegant dry wine which presents a bouquet of fresh flowers and herbs balanced with wonderful fruit and crisp acidity. A wine for lovers of crisp acidity, this wine has a steely acid bite on the finish that matched its citrus

Chateau Frank Celebre Cremant NV
"This delicious, fruity Cremant style sparkling wine made from the Riesling grape is a very inviting, easy-to-drink sparkling wine. Apple, honey and spicy aromas on a solid acidic backbone gives this wine a great balance and fruity forwardness. A touch of sweetness makes it the perfect celebratory