91 Points, Robert Parker
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90 Points - James Suckling - Jan 2016
90 Points - California Grapevine - July 2016
90 Points - Galloni/Vinous Media - Oct 2015
Gold Medal & Best in Class - New World International - Feb 2016
Gold Medal - Monterey Wine Competition - Mar 2016
Gold Medal - Critics Challenge Wine Competition - Mar 2016
Gold Medal - Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Competition - April 2016
Gold Medal - Orange County Fair - June 2016
Gold Medal - San Francisco International - June 2016
Gold Medal - International Women's - June 2016
Frank Family Vineyards was only founded in 1992, but it has become such a recognized name in Napa Valley Cabernet that it feels like it must be a lot older than that; perhaps this is because they use the original Larkmead Winery building, established in 1884. Whatever the reason, Frank Family has established a reputation, making their wines difficult to come by in any circumstances, let alone at a discount. For this reason, we suggest you don’t miss out on the chance to snag some of their flagship wine, their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, on this rare occasion that it is available at a discount.
Like the previous vintage, 2013 offers more of the same. A mild spring led to a good fruit set. Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves. All the fruit enjoyed a long, slow ripening. Early indications are that Cabernets will be dark, rich and ageworthy, inviting comparisons with 2001, 2002 and 2007. The saturation of color is amazing; the wines are almost black, The Bordeaux varieties are all heavy with tannins but it is sweet tannins and not drying at all.
The 2013 Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a much more friendly, supple, fruit-forward style of wine with an enticing nose of blackberries, bay leaf and graphite; on the palate the wine is full bodied, and reminiscent of cocoa-dusted dark chocolate truffles, cloves and blackberries. This opulent, full-bodied wine is certainly going to be a big hit with consumers. It is broad, savory and pretty much everything one wants in a delicious Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Bring on the grilled meats! This wine should drink well for 10-15 years. This is benchmark Napa Cabernet, at a price that is seldom seen in the Valley these days. Don’t miss out!
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 11th – October 24th, 2013
Aging: 20 months in 33% new and 67% once and twice filled French oak barrels.
Alcohol %: 14.5%
Take a trip back in time at the Frank Family Vineyards. First constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. The massive stone edifice is considered an archetype of California’s wine country; it appears on the National Register of Historical Places and is listed as a Point of Historical Interest in the state of California. Owners Richard Frank and Connie Frank focus their energies on making superb still wines. The winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and several distinctly different Cabernet Sauvignons. The highly regarded Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is barrel aged for two and one-half years, is emerging as one of the most sought after wines in the valley and their Napa Carneros Vineyards produce some of the finest Chardonnay available. The Sangiovese, a rising star, is created entirely from grapes grown on Rich’s property and the Zinfandel comes from the Pope & Chiles Valley. Once owned by wine legend Hans Kornell, the winery originally secured its reputation with sparkling wines. Five sparkling wines are handcrafted today in the old building: Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, occasionally the Rouge and Reserve. All of these are made in the traditional French methode champenoise style.
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 ambiance. 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.