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Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga 2009

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91 points California Grapevine: Medium-dark ruby with purplish tinges; attractive, intense, spicy, plummy, cedary, cassis and sweet black cherry fruit aroma with hints of graphite, leather, and vanilla; full body; big, rich, textured, cedary, extracted, currant and red berry fruit flavors with good depth and a slightly rough mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; blended with 3% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot; released Winter 2012. (Mar 2012)

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Frank Family Vineyards:
It’s no wonder that Rich Frank, one of Hollywood’s most creative, vibrant and ingenious players owns one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries, Frank Family Vineyards. In the late 80s, Rich, a long-time Disney executive, couldn’t find the time to get away for long vacations. Soon he started coming to Napa on the weekends, realizing it was only a short plane flight awa... Read more
It’s no wonder that Rich Frank, one of Hollywood’s most creative, vibrant and ingenious players owns one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries, Frank Family Vineyards. In the late 80s, Rich, a long-time Disney executive, couldn’t find the time to get away for long vacations. Soon he started coming to Napa on the weekends, realizing it was only a short plane flight away from Los Angeles. In 1990, he purchased a home in the eastern hills of Napa in Rutherford. Two years later, in 1992, Rich received a midnight phone call at his home in Los Angeles from his friend Koerner Rombauer, telling him that the Kornell Champagne Cellars on the site of historic Larkmead Winery was for sale and if there was ever a time to get into the wine business it was now. Rich wisely told Koerner to offer half the asking price, and less than 24 hours later, the two were co-owners of the Calistoga winery. In 2007, Rich Frank and Connie Frank purchased Koerner’s partnership share and assumed total control of Frank Family Vineyards. Next to the Antique Barrels Rich’s passion for the Napa Valley and Frank Family Vineyards underscores a wildly successful long-term career in Hollywood. He was Chairman of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications and headed Disney’s syndication arm Buena Vista. He was then President of Walt Disney Studios for nearly a decade and oversaw the development of The Disney Channel. Prior to his tenure at Disney, Frank was President of the Paramount Television Group, President of Chris Craft Television, one of the founders of the USA Network and also served on their board. Under Frank’s leadership, television and movie properties such as "Cheers," "Taxi," "Family Ties," "Shogun," "Winds of War," "Entertainment Tonight," "Golden Girls," "Home Improvement," "Ellen," "Regis and Kathy Lee," "Dead Poet’s Society," "Good Morning Vietnam," "Pretty Woman," "Father of the Bride," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" achieved phenomenal success. Rich was President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for an unprecedented six years, a board member of the MPAA for eight and Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member of the American Film Institute. He also launched Telerep, a television ad sales firm, and was a buyer and media planner at BBDO. He remains active in the Television Academy and its Foundation, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. In April 2003, Rich stepped out of semi-retirement and founded Integrated Entertainment Partners (IEP), a brand, advertising and marketing strategy company. In March 2004, he was named Chairman of the Board, The Firm, when IEP was merged into the high-profile management company. With clients ranging from Cameron Diaz, Martin Scorsese, to Snoop Dogg and Korn, The Firm was launched in 1997 by Jeff Kwatinetz, and made its most significant acquisition in 2002, when it bought the assets of former Hollywood superagent Michael Ovitz's Artists Management Group. In 2007, the Television Academy showed its appreciation for Rich’s contributions by awarding Rich the Syd Cassyd Founders Award. The Award is named in honor of the Television Academy’s founder, and was created to recognize members who have made a significant positive impact on the Academy through their efforts and service over many years of involvement. Only the eighth time the Academy has bestowed this prestigious honor, the Award was presented to Rich at the Creative Arts Awards Show on September 8, 2007 at the Shrine Auditorium. Additionally, Rich sits on the Board of two entrepreneurial companies: Hyperfactory, a full-service mobile ideas, media and execution company; and TerraCycle, an eco-friendly consumer goods company. Never one to rest on his laurels, the former adman turned Hollywood film and TV exec stepped into his role as Napa Valley vintner with ease, running one of Napa’s most notable and profitable wineries, Frank Family Vineyards. Rich is the proud grandfather of three and currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Napa. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,042
4.50 5
05/13/2013

At first dark and earthy in the nose, this quickly shows attractive black currant and weedy aromas that gain a modest sheen of oak spice along with hints of candied blackberry and wild berry fruits. Fruity on entry with a rather natural, unfettered feel, this reveals a fine core of bright and juicy black currant fruit supported by fine tannins that allow the almost delicate fruit to shine clear as a bell. With air this does turn a touch soft, and there is a hint of pruny-ness on the moderately long finish, but the texture and purity of this wine is very attractive. 91pts


Member Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
02/24/2013

Big red currant on the nose. Also, aromas of straw and spicy herb notes. Flavors of dark red fruit, grilled herbs and spice. Pretty floral notes as well. Rich and red. nice wine. Good balance as well. 90 pts. 12/15/12


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/28/2012

Plum, currant and black fruit nose. Hints of mint/eucalyptus. On the palate, it's got a supple texture with plum, cherry and currant. Ends on a cedar and slight mineral edge. Nice. 10/8/11


Snooth User: smiles813
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/12/2012

$42.95


Snooth User: jrmani
9320136
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 09/10/2011

Tasted this at the winery. Bought a few bottles. Wasn't sure if we actually liked or if we were caught up in the sales pitch. This wine is a good drinker. Not overly tanneny. Won't lay too long but a few years would benefit the wine. Definately worth a try.


Snooth User: binarysurgeon
107321626
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/28/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/08/2009

- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


Snooth User: RFlorio
38138936
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/23/2010

Pretty light for a cabernet. Strong tannins and spicy on the tongue. Smelled chemical-y. Hints of plum and smokiness. I enjoyed the flavor as I drank more, but tannins and texture were a bit too intense.


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External Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/14/2013

Juicy red berries, crushed flowers, cloves and a hint of French oak all come together nicely in the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. A gracious, mid-weight wine, the 2009 should drink well pretty much upon release. Sweet floral notes reappear to frame the fe... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml


External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
07/16/2013

Frank Family 09 Cabernet Sauvignon


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2012

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/08/2012

Youthful purple color. Spice-accented aromas of cherry, cassis and pipe tobacco, with suave vanilla and Indian spice nuances adding complexity. Offers an array of dark fruit flavors brightened by a sexy floral note and gentle acidity. Smooth and s... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/03/2012

An outstanding follow-up to the 2008 vintage, with generous aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry and spice which are layered with dusty cedar and loam. The palate is vibrant and concentrated; bursting with ripe black cherries, plum, currant and blackberry.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/09/2012

This supple-textured red shows ripe plum, cherry and currant notes that are open-knit and easy-drinking. Complex, if on a modest scale, ending with an elegant spice, cedar and light mineral edge. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is terrific. There is plenty of varietal character and sheer personality in this beautifully delineated Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark red fruit, grilled herbs, tobacco and spices flow through gracefully in this medium-bodied, harmonious offering, which gains intensity with air. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2020.


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91 points California Grapevine: Medium-dark ruby with purplish tinges; attractive, intense, spicy, plummy, cedary, cassis and sweet black cherry fruit aroma with hints of graphite, leather, and vanilla; full body; big, rich, textured, cedary, extracted, currant and red berry fruit flavors with good depth and a slightly rough mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; blended with 3% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot; released Winter 2012. (Mar 2012)

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