Dr. Konstantin Frank ”Salmon Run” Chardonnay

The terroir and climate of upstate New York couldn’t be any more different than warm California; so don’t expect this delicious NY chardonnay to taste anything like the butter oak-soaked wines of sunny California! This wine is actually produced by the Frank family, one of the most important producers in all of Finger Lakes. Dr. Konstantin Frank , the namesake of the winery, earned his doctorate in viticulture with a speciality in cold climate growing. He put his research to practice and opened a winery in the finger lake region west of Keuka Lake, and his first vintage was in 1962. As for the style of NY white wines, they closely resemble the wines of Northern France like Chablis or Alsace. This particular Chardonnay has amazing acidity, great concentration and drive. With a natural alcohol level of only 12 percent, it’s crisp and refreshing. I have no doubt that even Sauvignon Blanc drinkers will appreciate this unoaked Chardonnay.

Quick Tasting Notes: “​The floral and fruity bouquets of this wine, with mineral and toasty elements, are in harmony with this style of Chardonnay. The aromas of white peach, quince and melon on the nose give way to a supple texture with good fruit concentration, vibrant acidity and a clean finish.