Finger Lakes Rieslings: Forge and Konstantin Frank

We drank two Finger Lakes rieslings this week. One, a 2010 semi-dry from the large and venerable Konstantin Frank, and the second a dry, 2011 from the hot newcomer Forge Cellars.

forgeBoth were impressive, and sterling examples of different styles of the varietal. I’d say the Forge  was the more “serious” wine, and was impressive for its laser beam of acid and unusual peachy flavors. I’d buy it again.

Konstantin Frank’s semi-dry, however, is a much more universally appealing wine; one that makes you want to keep going back for more. People will say this is because of the additional sweetness, and there’s some truth to that, but this is a very, very friendly wine. It tastes, for lack of a better word, like riesling. And at about $10 less than the Forge, that’s impressive.

Dr F 2010 Semi Dry RieslingBoth very, very good. The Finger Lakes continue to get better and better.

B+’s all around.


About davetalkswine

I like to drink and write about wine. I'm an equal opportunity drinker, but gravitate toward France, the Pacific Northwest and up-and-comers like New York and Virginia.
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