Double Gold & Best of Class - New World Intl. Wine Competition - Feb 2019
Double Gold - Orange County Fair - June 2019
Gold Medal - West Coast Wine Competition - Feb 2019
Gold Medal - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge - April 2019
Gold Medal - International Women's - June 2019
Gold Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition - June 2019
90 Points - Robert Parker - Oct 2018
The finish is long and expressive, with spiced fruit flavors lingering endlessly. Will drink well for 10-15 years.
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
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 20 - October 22, 2016
Aging: 20 months in 33% new and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels.
TA: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol %: 14.5%
93 Points, Gold Medal
This Zinfandel is quintessential Napa style... bursting with flavor now, yet structured with a long life ahead. In a line-up of top Napa Zinfandel. Always a stand out!
91 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
Golden yellow with perfect clarity, this clings to the glass after a good swirl displaying its viscous moving legs. Fresh, tropical notes of pineapple, kiwi, and peach...
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of black currants, violets, and plums dance in the glass, creating a new experience with every smell and taste. Layers of complex flavors that continue in the glass...
Drinks pretty darn gorgeous right out of the gate, and will easily go for a decade or more in your cellar. For those who have a deep appreciation for the sexy, modern style. This stuff ROCKS for the price!
A luscious mouthfeel with bright flavors of honey, pear, apple, and citrus followed by a clean, mineral finish. Lovely on its own but also quite versatile with a variety of foods.
Bursting with aromas of cherry, spice, hints of cranberry and tobacco. Flavors of cherry pie, pomegranate and cola with a soft elegant mouthfeel. Amazingly easy-drinking...
This SILKY Pinot Noir is back and just gets better. CLASSIC Burgundian fruit, sourced from a meticulous and sustainably farmed Vineyard in Carneros. Wonderfully balanced, harmonious.
From the heart of the Napa Valley, well known as a premier climate for growing world class Zinfandel. Warm sunny days lead to well ripened grapes and this Zin's jammy side.