Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Finger Lakes Wineries New Wine Releases

- Finger Lakes wineries are starting to release the much anticipated 2006 whites and the long-awaited 2005 reds.

The following press release is from Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars:
Dr. Frank's NEW Releases are now Available!
Four new vintages are now available from Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine
Cellars! We now have a full stock of Dry Riesling,
Rkatsiteli, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon! For more
information about these wines, and to order online, go to

Dr. Frank Dry Riesling 2006 - This Award Winning Dry Riesling,
presenting a green gold hue, displays the traditional
qualities of Dr. Frank's Riesling: crisp acidity, a pronounced
mineral character and layers of fruit aromas.
Descriptors include honeysuckle, apple, pear, quince and a lot of
minerality resulting from the clay terroir of the
vineyard. The ripeness of the grapes resulted in a great texture
with a lingering fruity aftertaste.

Dr. Frank Rkatsiteli 2006 - The Rkatsiteli shows its characteristic
fruity complexity resulting from early bottling.
Along with the intense fruit are the typical spicy notes as well as
pineapple and mango notes. The wine is presented in
a dry version with the crisp acidity, the residual sugar and the
tremendous fruit providing a very pleasant balance.
The Rkatsiteli remains one of Dr. Frank's greatest achievements in
the Finger Lakes.

Dr. Frank Gewurztraminer 2006 - The 2006 offering shows the
characteristic aromas of grapefruit, lime, lychee, banana
and the spiciness associated with the Gewurztraminer variety. The
slight residual sugar balances the phenolic elements
typical of Gewurztraminer with the complexity of mineral overtones
that presents the wine with a long, clean fresh
finish. This wine can be paired with spicy dishes with great

Dr. Frank Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - The Cabernet Sauvignon reflects
the growing conditions of the exceptional 2005
vintage. The dark, deep black currant color is followed with a
nose of ripe plum, fig and smoked oak with a touch of
leathery notes. On the palate this full bodied wine is well
balanced with a good acidity and young tannins showing its
aging potential.

The following press release is from Glenora Wine Cellars:
Glenora Wine Cellars is excited to release two new wines from 2006, Finger Lakes Dry Riesling and Finger Lakes Riesling, both wines are exceptional!" These wines are produced from grapes grown during the long growing season of 2006. The season started off warm and dry, but cooled off toward the end of the season. These conditions tend to favor the development tropical and citrus fruit flavors in cool climate varieties like Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Cayuga White.
Winemaker Steve DiFrancesco says the Dry Riesling has flavors reminiscent of limes, with a crisp, firm acid and a lingering finish. It’s just off-dry at .95% Residual Sugar. The Riesling has flavors of tangerines with good body, a very pleasant semi-dry balance, with 3.1% Residual Sugar and a long, juicy finish.

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