You never heard of this grape…

…but we had TWO wines made with Rkatsiteli last night at Jonathon Alsop’s Boston Wine School. I brought the Dr. Konstantin Frank — and of course Jonathon had to one-up me with the Westport Rivers. Both 2006, and somewhat similar in their strong aromas and mineral finishes. The Frank had a powerful almost dairy-fermented aroma, while the WR was less so. And the Frank had a bigger body — nice with Beth Riely’s secret ingredient Sicilian Caponata. The Westport finished with more sweetness, and overall we felt it was a somewhat fresher and more appealing version of wine made with this ancient Caucasus grape.

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