• NYers do well in Winemaker Challenge

03 Feb

Six New York State wineries — five of them from the Finger Lakes — earned medals in the just-completed Winemaker Challenge international competition in San Diego.

The best of that bunch was Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars with a Platinum, two Golds and a Silver medal.

Here is the complete list of New York medals:

• Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

Gold 2009 Gewurztraminer, Reserve Finger Lakes $25
Gold 2009 Gruner Veltliner Finger Lakes $20
Platinum 2008 Rkatsiteli Finger Lakes $18
Silver 2009 Riesling Semi Dry Finger Lakes $15

• Chateau Frank

Silver 2006 Blanc De Blancs Finger Lakes $30
Silver NV Celebre Rosè New York $21

• Goose Watch Winery

Silver 2007 Chambourcin Finger Lakes $13
Gold NV Golden Spumante Finger Lakes $13
Gold NV Pinot Brut Rosè Finger Lakes $18
Silver 2009 Diamond Finger Lakes $10.00
Silver 2009 Traminette Finger Lakes $13

• Red Tail Ridge

Silver 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, RTR Vineyard Finger Lakes $16

• Swedish Hill Vineyard

Silver 2007 Optimus Finger Lakes $22
Silver NV Viking Red New York $9
Silver 2003 Brut Finger Lakes $23
Gold NV Blanc de Blanc Finger Lakes $15
Silver NV Naturel Finger Lakes $18
Gold 2009 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes $16

• Wolffer Estate

Gold 2008 Diosa Late Harvest Chardonnay The Hamptons, Long Island $37

Here is Dr. Frank’s rundown on the 2008 Rkatsiteli that took the Platinum:

“The grapes were picked mid-October after a long cool ripening season. The grapes were crushed, pressed and the juice was cold settled. The juice fermented in stainless steel and the fermentation was stopped after four weeks with a small amount of natural sugar remaining. The wine was racked, filtered, cold stabilized and adjusted for bottling. 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 wine sells for a suggested retail price of $17.99. It has an alcohol content of 11.14%, acidity of 0.68g/100ml, a pH level of 3.38, and sugar content of 0.76g/l.

Curious how your non-New York favorites fared? Go here for the full list of awards.

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Posted by on February 3, 2011 in Awards, Wine


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