Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars has just released the first in a series of wines honoring the women of the Frank family.
Eugenia, a 2014 Dry Riesling named for Frank's late wife, is part of what will become a single vineyard series. Two additional such wines will be released in the coming months.
Eugenia is made from the oldest block of Riesling in one of the steepest blocks of the winery’s Keuka Lake estate vineyards, a block known for its acidic soil and high shale content. The wine is described as bone dry, with notes of key lime, stone fruits, pineapple and lime zest.
As to its namesake, she was credited by Frank with being the driving force behind his studies, and applications, in viticulture, and the founding of his company in 1962 which now is in its fourth generation of family operation.
Frank, who died in 1985, helped pioneer the introduction of the European vitis vinifera grapevines in the eastern U.S., an effort that resulted in his induction into Wine Spectator magazine’s hall of fame.