2017 Dr Frank Reserve Riesling 750ml
The Riesling Reserve was sourced from the winery's old Keuka Lake vineyard (1958), with 50% botrytis-affected grapes (the so-called "noble rot"). What do you get by stepping up to this from the regular Semi-Dry Riesling? Quite a bit, actually, although it is not just a qualitative difference. There is also a stylistic difference. If the regular Semi-Dry Riesling seems fresh and concentrated, yet also ethereal and lively, this adds to both the concentration and the finish. Dense and solid in the mid-palate, it soaks up the extra sugar easily and hardly seems very sweet--but it is clearly not a dry table wine. Lingering nicely on the finish, this just grabs the palate. It's not the zestiest wine in the Riesling category, but it is fresh and a beauty. It should age pretty well, too. Conservative by nature in such things, I like to take it in stages and see where we are when we get there, but there is no rush. This may yet improve notably in the cellar. Rated 92 Points Lisa's Staff.