Old Vines Pinot Noir 2017
Dr. Frank Winery
Region: New York

92-Michael Godel
Tasting Notes

The long, cool 2017 growing season resulted in very nervy, mineral-laced Pinot Noir. More Burgundy than California in style, expect bright red fruit alongside subtle notes of forest floor and French oak.

Pinot Noir—chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France— is grown around the world, mostly in cooler climates. The grape’s tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. When young, wines made from Pinot Noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, Pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and earthy aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine. Thin skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lend Pinot to producing mostly lightly coloured, medium-bodied and low-tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging.

The Finger Lakes region of New York State is an exciting, emerging area for cool climate wines of freshness and elegance. Despite its relative anonymity, it is a region that has been around for some time. Less than a 5 hour drive from both Toronto and New York City, this bucolic area is now home to over 160 wineries. Grapes here range from the obscure (Rkatsiteli) to the familiar (Riesling) and plenty in between. Regardless of the variety, the wines all exhibit Old World freshness, bright flavours and elegant structures that are perfect accompaniments to a wide variety of foods and festivities.

Sourced primarily from the original estate Keuka Lake vineyard (plantings in ’58, ’74, ’81 and ’86) with a smaller amount of fruit coming from the Seneca Lake site. The Keuka Lake shale-based soils provide minerality and acidity. The Seneca Lake vineyards, with their silty loam soils and warm mesoclimate, add warmth and upfront fruit flavours.

Grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for several days prior to fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Manually punched down 3 times per day. Aged for 18 months in 2-4 year old French oak barrels.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Pinot Noir

Classification: AVA

Orientation: Southern exposure

Appellation: Finger Lakes

Gradient: N/A

Soil: Shale in Keuka Lake and silt loam in Seneca Lake

Farming Practices: N/A

Residual Sugar: .01%

Alcohol: 12.9

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 0.76g / 100ml

Other Practices: Sustainable