Dr. Konstantin Frank Eugenia Dry Riesling 2020 / 750 ml.

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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
This youthful dry riesling has a slew of floral and herbal nuances, together with delicate stone-fruit and wild-berry notes. So elegant, in spite of the full, juicy fruit on the palate. The long, wet-stone finish is racy and pristine. Made with grapes from the estate vineyard on Keuka Lake. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 12th May 2022
The 2020 Dry Riesling Eugenia comes in with three grams of residual sugar against 6.9 of total acidity and 12.9% alcohol. This is a single-vineyard selection from 1968 vines on soils with high slate content. The winery calls it their best Riesling plot. This is a surprisingly friendly wine this year, perhaps typical of the vintage. Maybe one day it will close down, but not today. It is splendid, showing off fine depth, a fruity demeanor and respectable power. As fruity as it is, it shows off a little tension on the finish too. This is very accessible this year, but it’s still likely to improve in the cellar. The winery is a strong proponent of the 2020 vintage (and they aren’t the only ones), but as impressive as this is, and granting that both are not here together, I’d take the 2019 just now. That may be slower-developing, but in a few years, a comparison will be intriguing. They are both very fine.

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JS93 93 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Tuesday, August 9, 2022)

This youthful dry riesling has a slew of floral and herbal nuances, together with delicate stone-fruit and wild-berry notes. So elegant, in spite of the full, juicy fruit on the palate. The long, wet-stone finish is racy and pristine. Made with grapes from the estate vineyard on Keuka Lake. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

RP92 92 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (12th May 2022)

The 2020 Dry Riesling Eugenia comes in with three grams of residual sugar against 6.9 of total acidity and 12.9% alcohol. This is a single-vineyard selection from 1968 vines on soils with high slate content. The winery calls it their best Riesling plot. This is a surprisingly friendly wine this year, perhaps typical of the vintage. Maybe one day it will close down, but not today. It is splendid, showing off fine depth, a fruity demeanor and respectable power. As fruity as it is, it shows off a little tension on the finish too. This is very accessible this year, but it’s still likely to improve in the cellar. The winery is a strong proponent of the 2020 vintage (and they aren’t the only ones), but as impressive as this is, and granting that both are not here together, I’d take the 2019 just now. That may be slower-developing, but in a few years, a comparison will be intriguing. They are both very fine.

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SKU 97098
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Dr. Konstantin Frank Eugenia Dry Riesling
Country United States
Region New York
District Finger Lakes
Product Location - Location-Appellation Finger Lakes
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 12%
Wine/Spirit Brand Dr. Konstantin Frank
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color White
Grape(s) Riesling
Primary Grape Riesling
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
A concentrated and spicy dry riesling that has tons of pink-grapefruit, apricot and mirabelle aromas. Impressive textural complexity, yet this still retains wonderful freshness and delicacy. Extremely long, delicious finish. A cuvée of 60% Josef vineyard, 20% Magdalena vineyard and 20% HJW vineyards. Drink or hold.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2022
This blend of estate vineyards is consistently a favorite year over year. The 2020 delivers intense aromas of fennel pollen, lemon oil, yellow apple, tangerine and sliced ginger, making it utterly compelling. Ample apple and stone fruit flavors blend with earthy, spicy elements on the dry palate, with well placed acidity and a pithy texture lending support. (Alexander Peartree)
WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 06/22
Winegrower Fred Merwarth finds that his Josef Vineyard ripens at just the right level for a dry style, so he focuses this Reserve on that site. The wine is more lemony and citrus-based than the 2020 Dry Riesling (also recommended here). It has a mildly herbal attack giving way to a midweight mouthfeel that’s comfortable and slightly tense, especially in the finish. For herb-roasted halibut.
RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 21st Apr 2022
The 2020 Dry Riesling Reserve comes in with eight grams of residual sugar and 12.7% alcohol and is perceptibly dry. It is a blend of 60% grapes from the Josef Vineyard, 22% from Magdalena and 18% from HJW, meaning that it has every chance to be a great wine, just like the pricier single-vineyard offerings. It is consistently one of the best intersections in the lineup for quality and price. This year it is about as good as anything in the lineup, just like last year. Deep and lingering on the finish, it has controlled power, the acidity soaked up by the concentration and countered by the modest sugar. It’s delicious but serious, sturdy but lively. It will be interesting to see how this compares with its predecessor, the 2019, as they both age. I suspect the 2019 will win as time goes on, but this is a very respectable competitor today and a pretty terrific wine with some potential upside in the cellar. (Mark Squires)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022
Ripe and pure, with white peach, pear and quince notes that are nicely streamlined through the anise-tinged finish. Drink now. 1,800 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Enveloping nose of mandarin oranges, apricots and summer flowers. Very succulent with a cornucopia of ripe fruit, the power beautifully underplayed. I love the way the juiciness and the lively acidity are intertwined at the long finish. Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 12th May 2022
The 2020 Dry Riesling Margrit comes in with 11.1 grams of residual sugar and 6.3 of total acidity, plus 12% alcohol. This is sourced from a single vineyard on Seneca Lake, owned by the winery, that was planted in 2008. Typically more on the sugary side than the Eugenia, relatively speaking, this is even a bit more elevated in sugar in this big year while the acidity is a little less. It still is balanced, quite delicious and relatively transparent. It’s the one that will make everyone swoon today. Calling it a crowd-pleaser may be an understatement. Great Riesling, though, acquires that “great,” by aging effortlessly and becoming something more. It will be interesting to see how much “more” this can acquire. If I had a quibble, the wine opens with some tension, but it loses some precision and power fairly quickly as it airs and warms. It has enough acidity so it will never be flabby and enough sugar and fruit so it will always be delicious, but I’d still give the nod to the Eugenia in this report. It also left me with some doubts as to how much it might improve. It can develop, for sure, but how much is the open question. I think it is at least a step behind the 2020 Eugenia and the 2019 Margrit (not here in this report). You sure won’t regret drinking it, though. (Mark Squires)
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022
Aromas of apricot, yellow apple and honeycomb wax drive the nose of this Riesling sourced from the winery’s Seneca Lake vineyard. It’s pleasantly soft and supple on the palate yet lifted by bright acidity, creating a cohesive experience of peach, papaya and apple flavors that ends pert and lively. (Alexander Peartree)
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SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022
Alluring, with creamed Jonagold apple, peach and lemon curd notes allied to a sleek, racy spine. Delivers a mouthwatering feel. Drink now through 2024. 425 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th May 2021
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WS9494 pts. - Wine & Spirits - August 1, 2015
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WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/8/2016
Wildflower honey and sun-kissed tangerines merge beautifully in this marmalade-toned Riesling. It’s lusciously sweet yet nuanced, dusted in saffron and spice and vivaciously spry. Sweet citrus flavors reverberate long on the finish.
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Light yellow gold of medium intensity. A beguiling combination of white peaches, honey, lemon juice, and chamomile greets the nose. The palate is quite seamless, balancing its 120 grams per liter of residual sugar with a fine and sculpting acidity. Soft and appealing in the mouth, but with a stony depth that adds interest. Though decidedly sweet, there is enough freshness and structure to earn this wine a place on the dinner table, rather than the dessert cart.
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