Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli - 2021

Item # 66333 750mL

Full of grassy, grapefruit-driven fruit with spicy notes, strawberries, and a bit of white pepper. Long and graceful finish. Dr. Frank's rendition of this ancient grape is superb.

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I am originally from Tbilisi, Georgia and when I first came across a bottle of Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli, I was like, "What's going on here? Georgia's most popular grape in Long Island?! Interesting, but how? What's the story?" Well, it turns out that a World War survivor from Odessa, Ukraine moved to the U.S. with almost nothing and speaking no English, in the hope of creating a brighter future for his family. Somehow this immigrant managed to ignite a “Vinifera Revolution” that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank successfully planted the first European grape varieties in the Eastern U.S. in 1958. Rkatsiteli, an ancient grape, is superb in American soil where it shows notes of stone fruits with a hint of peppercorns.

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