Dr Konstantin Frank Brut 750ml
Our Brut is a 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier blend from our estate vineyards on Keuka Lake. The grapes are hand harvested and very lightly pressed. 2% of the Pinot Noir was barrel fermented in French oak. Secondary fermentation took place in bottle for a minimum of 3 years in our historic underground cellar.
Young and alive, the aromas jump out of the glass expressing baked red apple, ginger, lemon curd, wild flowers, apricot and biscuit notes. Bright lemon-driven acidity and very fine mousse leaves a creamy mouthfeel and a very long finish.
The 2017 Brut is a 55/40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (with 5% Pinot Meunier) coming in with eight grams of sugar, 9.73 of total acidity and 10.8% alcohol. This was disgorged in January 2021, which date is on the back label, after about 34 months on the lees. Beautifully done, this seems fresh and balanced. It tastes great, but the acidity supports the fruit and always makes this seem dry and serious, not just fruity. There's a crispy finish with slight nuances of toast. Mostly, this is not about complexity, but it is vibrant and lovely overall, a middle-of-the-road sparkler that still has notable distinction at a rather nice price. Mark Squires -Wine Advocate 91pts.