Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank 
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
Blend: 100% rkatsiteli
Winemaking: fermented 15 days on the skins, aged on them for an additional 10 days and then fermented in amphora
ABV: 12%
Price: $40*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2018 Amber Rkatsiteli

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2018 Amber Rkatsiteli

91 points

Not as dark or as tannic as some examples, this is an orange wine that should appeal both to the style's devotees and those new to the style.

The nose is quite herbaceous, but not in a weedy, underripe way. Instead, it's quite savory with basil, and dried oregano notes sprinkled upon ripe musk melon, peach, and mandarin notes.

There is a deft balance between savory and fruit notes here on a taut-but-flavorful palate. Notes of peach, citrus, and acacia are abundant and morph as the wine warms to room temperature. The tannins – which can be overwhelming in some orange wines – are gently gritty here and pair with a fresh dose of acidity to bring that melange of flavors into start focus.

A long, bone-dry finish is somehow fruity and floral and savory all at once.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

1 Comment

  1. I am sure this is very delicious, but I think that price point is ridiculous. I can get Georgian wines of this quality for the same or less and even some time proven skin contact wines like the D&G Stonecrusher for less. Of course I could be wrong and this is way better than those examples, as I have not tasted it yet!

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