December 5, 2007

Chateau Frank Blanc de Noirs

Bill Dowd photo

Quality wines are expected from the Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars operation that twice (2001, 2006) has been named New York's "Winery of the Year." This bubbly was originally developed by the late Willy Frank, son of Konstantin and father of the current owner, Fred.

• Chateau Frank 2000 Blanc de Noirs:

Pinpoint bubbles and notes of green apple and kiwi mark this "methode champenoise" that was bottled in 2000 from recently-disgorged wine.

It was made strictly from red-skinned estate fruit grown during a classic season -- 90% pinot noir and 10% pinot meunier, a pair of classic champagne grapes.

This is a fine example of a domestic champagne-style wine -- well structured, lengthy and bold -- that can be served with confidence and pride. It retails for $29.99.

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