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A Final Review of the 2011 Finger Lakes Vintage: Sheldrake Point and Dr. Frank


This is the last in a series of posts that I have done reviewing examples of 2011 rieslings from the Finger Lakes that were provided to me in a sample pack by the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance. You can read and compare my prior posts on these wines here, here, and here. Overall, as major wine publications are beginning to realize, the Finger Lakes rieslings offer high quality and exceptional value. So, here is the disclaimer: I received the wines reviewed in the post and six others as a free sample package from the FLWA. I promised no positive reviews, or any reviews at all, in exchange for these bottles. Today’s samples are from Sheldrake Point Vineyards and Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars.

Sheldrake Point is located on the Western shore of Cayuga Lake. The vineyard is on a slope between two gorges, which contain glacier soils for excellent drainage. Sheldrake planted its first vinifera grapes in 1997. The winery has won numerous awards for its red and white wines dating back to 2002. Sheldrake Point Vineyards 2011 Dry Riesling clocks in at 11.4% ABV and 0.9% residual sugar. This residual sugar and its fruit forward nature give it more of an off-dry impression. The wine has aromas of citrus and melon with hints of petroleum and mild floral notes. It has a high acidity, but is well balanced, with flavors of melons, limes, and hints of pineapple. This is a good choice for a white wine to satisfy both sweet and dry wine drinkers. Sheldrake’s 2011 Dry Riesling has received 89 points from Wine Enthusiast and 90 points from Wine & Spirits, and is a solid value at its price. , $16 per bottle.

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with Dr. Frank wines. The vineyard overlooks Keuka Lake, and you can read more about the history of this producer here. Dr. Frank’s 2011 Dry Riesling has won numerous awards. The wine has subtle aromas of apples and pineapples, with hints of bananas and petroleum. It is a crisp, high acidity wine, with flavors of lemon, orange, and sour apples. It has a long finish of tingly citrus. Although the 2011 vintage appears to be sold out already, you can shop all of Dr. Franks’ current offerings online here, appx. $16 per bottle.

Sheldrake Point Vineyards
7448 County Road #153
Ovid, NY 14521
(607) 532-9401
Twitter: @Sheldrake Point

Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars
9749 Middle Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840
Twitter: @DrFrankWine

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