Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
Blend: 44% cabernet sauvignon, 14% saperavi, 14% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, 14% pinot noir
ABV: 13%
Price: $60*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2015 “Lena” Reserve

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2015 "Lena" Reserve

90 points

This one-of-a-kind blend of 44% cabernet sauvignon, 14% saperavi, 14% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, 14% pinot noir smells of ripe black cherries, blackberries and dried herbs with layers of vanilla and tobacco. There is a bit of smoky oak too, but it's in the background.

The palate is showy in its dark fruits and oak tannins, with a bit of juicy acidity. It's somewhat oaky and modern at the edges, but that nice core of dark berry and plum fruit carries the medium-bodied palate nicely. With a little air, some notes of cola and vanilla step forward just a bit.

This is wine proves a bit of a point – that a ripe, polished red blend like this can be made in the Finger Lakes – even if it isn't particularly expressive of the Finger Lakes region.

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 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 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.

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