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2018 Frank Family Napa Cabernet
2018 Frank Family Napa Cabernet

Frank Family
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
, Napa Valley

94 Points, Platinum - Monterey Wine Competition - March 2021
91 Points - Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Nov 2020
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck - Jan 2021

A beautiful wine from a near-perfect vintage.  Rich opaque ruby in the glass, with matching aromas of crème de cassis, fresh espresso, vanilla bean, and ripe blackberry. Toasty, spicy notes of cedar come through as well. The palate offers flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, and cocoa powder, clove, nutmeg, and has a soft yet firm structure that beg for grilled meats.

The finish is long and expressive, with spiced fruit flavors lingering endlessly. Will drink well for 10-15 years.

WINEMAKER NOTES

A "goldilocks" vintage. The excellent weather lasted from fruit set through harvest and allowed for maximum hanging time for the grapes. It was a bountiful harvest, but what is quantity without quality? Thankfully this vintage delivered in that department as well.

VINEYARDS

The S&J Vineyard is made up of 206 acres of land located east of the Vaca Mountain range in Napa’s Capell Valley. Purchased in 2000, it is named for Darryl Frank’s children, Stella and Jeremy, and is planted to 58 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with 9 acres of Petite Sirah and 9 acres of Zinfandel. The soils are fertile, well-drained and clay loam-based, reminiscent of the Rutherford Bench.

The Benjamin Vineyard is located east of Conn Creek Road in the heart of the Rutherford AVA. Purchased by Rich Frank in 2012, the 87-acre parcel was formerly known as Wood Ranch was renamed for Paul Frank’s son, and is planted with 50 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 acres of Petit Verdot, and 2 acres each of Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.  The vineyard is composed of gravelly loam soil as a result of sediment from the Conn Creek and Napa River which flowed through the region thousands of years ago.

Additional vineyard sources: Round Pond Estate in Rutherford; Delouise, Gaskins, and Shooting Star Vineyards located in Napa Valley.

Winemaker:  Todd Graff
Vintage:
  2018
Appellation:  100% Napa Valley
Varietal Composition:  96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
Appellation:  Napa Valley
Harvest Date:  October 17 - November 6, 2018
Aging:  20 months in 33% new and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels.
Bottled:  July 2020
pH:  3.64
TA:  0.60 g/100ml
Alcohol:  14.5%

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