Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
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Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Named in honor of Frank Family’s owner and founder Richard Harvey Frank, the inaugural vintage of RHF offers soft silky black fruit and punches of cinnamon and classic Rutherford dust. Beautifully layered, structured and brightly vibrant, it has impressive coaxings of cedar and a rich hint of blackberries. The structure and mouthfeel are firm and dry, with well-articulated tannins, leading to an endless finish.

Blend 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

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WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: My history with Frank Family goes back nearly two decades. I have always kept a watchful eye on what they were doing. I knew that over time, this winery would become of the Napa Valley's top performers. The 2016 Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the winery's best wines to date. TASTING NOTES: This wine is demonstrative and well-structured. Its powerful yet stately aromas and flavors of bold black fruits start and stay beautiful to the wine's finish. A hint of oak adds to the complexity. Pair it with a standing rib roast laden with garlic, rosemary, and cracked black peppercorns. (Tasted: July 18, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Containing a 2% splash of Petit Verdot, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon RHF opens with fragrant cassis, mocha, underbrush and preserved plums scents with touches of iron ore and dried herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and savory in the mouth with a good concentration of muscular fruit and a savory finish.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
The dark currant and steeped plum fruit is framed by singed alder, dark tobacco and sassafras notes, with a hint of licorice root. Grippy through the finish, offering a tarry edge. A touch brawny overall, but showing good energy. Give this a little time. Best from 2021 through 2032.
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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.

Owner Richard Frank focuses his 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.

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The Rutherford sub-region of Napa Valley centers on the town of Rutherford and covers some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyard real estate, spanning from the Mayacamas in the west, to the Vaca Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Inside of the Rutherford AVA, bordering the Mayacamas, is a stretch of uplands called the Rutherford Bench. (These bench lands technically run the length of Oakville as well). Mountain runoff creates deep, well-drained, alluvial soils on the bench, giving vine roots plenty of reason to permeate deep into the ground. The result is wine with great structure and complexity.

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingons and Bordeaux Blends garner substantial attention for their enticing fragrances of dusty earth and dried herbs, broad and juicy mid-palates and lush and fine-grained tannins. The sub-appellation claims some of the valley’s most prized vineyards today, namely Caymus, Rubicon and Beckstoffer Georges III.

It is also home to Napa’s most influential and historic personalities. Thomas Rutherford, responsible for the appellation's name, made serious investments here in grape growing and wine production between the years of 1850 to 1880. Gustave Niebaum purchased a large swath of land and completed his winery in 1887, calling it “Inglenook.” Today this remains the oldest bonded winery in California. Georges Latour founded Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, making it the oldest continuous winery in the state. Latour also hired the famous enologist, André Tchelistcheff, a man credited for single-handedly defining the modern Napa winemaking style.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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