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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2001
Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2001
(search item no. 75008)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaker Duane Dappen testifies "the 2001 harvest was an excellent year for Napa Valley Chardonnay across the board. The wine has intense nectarine and pear fruit with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and toasted oak aromas. The wine is so full-bodied it is almost decadent and its length carries through the big oaky vanilla finish."
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About Frank Family Vineyards:

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 Koerner Rombauer 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 Brown Vineyards in the 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 retailers. 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.