Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars Merlot 2001
Vinification: 2001 was a vintage of exceptional ripeness in the Finger Lakes. The Merlot grapes were crushed and destemmed into an open-top fermenter before yeast inoculation. The tank was punched down twice daily to extract the color and soft tannins found in the grape skins. The grapes were gently pressed, after dryness, before inoculation with malolactic bacteria. At the end of the malolactic fermentation, the Merlot wine was racked, SO2 adjusted and transferred to barrels. The wine was aged 14 months in predominantly French oak barrels before egg white fining and bottling. This wine was not cold stabilized and will show tartrate crystals in the bottle. Description: The Merlot 2001 shows the ripe fruit and soft tannins associated with this great vintage. The deep ruby color, plum and blackberry aromas on the nose are followed by a great texture of soft tannins, moderate acidity, tobacco and chocolate flavors and a long smooth finish. Analysis: Alcohol: 12.3 % Acidity: .56 g/100 ml pH: 3.58 Sugar: < .2 %
Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank’s vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy mediocrity to a level that today commands world attention.