Dr. Konstantin Frank Blaufränkisch 2016: $22 Good+

Through 2015, Dr. Frank’s wines were labelled “Lemberger,” but this year the winery switched to “Blaufränkisch” (same grape, but the Austrian name).  This bottle is certainly much better than the 2014, but you might not think so on first sip.  Overwhelmingly oaky, it needs considerable aeration for the oaky notes to dissipate.  After a night in the fridge this bottle comes together, but it is best to decant it, or have a glass and drink the remainder the next day.

The Dr. Konstantin Frank Blaufränkisch (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $22 [Good+] is light ruby in color.  Warm aromas include blueberry and sour cherry, accented by roasted nuts, cedar and pepper.  With air there is also some toast.  Full bodied, with light well-integrated tannin, balance is good.  Flavors of tangy red and blue fruit are accompanied by oak barrel extracts (vanilla, tobacco, cedar, roasted nuts) as well as light bitterness and salinity.  The finish is controlled and lightly tannic, with good length.  March 2018


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