2012 Winery of the Year - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal - International Wine Channel TV Awards
The 2012 growing season in Northern California was one of the best ever, and was punctuated by long, even ripening without drama. Even the late rains were followed by dry, windy conditions. Indian summer blessed us throughout the fall—perfect weather for finishing up the season. The ample crop overall made tank space the only real challenge this year. It was a bumper crop of deliciousness.
This expressive 2012 Carneros Chardonnay is fruit forward and balanced, delivering scents of pear, apple, butterscotch and pineapple, laced with delicate floral notes of honeysuckle. The attack is layered with succulent stone fruit flavors and buttery, toasted pastry dough. The lively acidity, combined with a rich creaminess and almond toffee flavors, give this wine a long, pleasing finish.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 12th - October 17th, 2012
Acid: 0.62 g/100ml TA
Aging: Barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once and 33% twice-filled French oak barrels for 9 months.
Frank Family Vineyards wines are produced in small quantities and currently sold only at the winery and a handful of select restaurants and wine shops. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick, stone walls, high-stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost in winery ambience. The winery provides separate tasting areas for sparkling wines and still wines. Just outside, to the south of the building, visitors are welcome to sit under the giant oak trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy spectacular vineyard views.
Learn more at www.frankfamilyvineyards.com.