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Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros 2007

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2007 Frank Family Napa Valley Chardonnay is multifaceted and vibrant; it opens with aromas of Kaffir lime leaves, yellow plum, juicy peaches, and dried pear. These bright aromas are countered by vanilla bean Crme brle, lemon curd and cinnamon baked apple. The palate is lively, smooth, and layered; bursting with pineapple, Bosc pear, and Russet apples, moving into spiced cake, and buttery pie crust, while being accented by a subtle hint of Thai ginger.Production Notes:Barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once and 33% twice filled French Oak barrels for 11 months. While ageing on the lees, the wine was hand stirred regularly, a technique known as "batonage," which promotes depth and longevity. This is a California Wine.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,152
4.00 5
07/06/2009

This has a nice dominated by spicy French oak with dried apple fruit and a bit of lemon oil. In the mouth this is very bright up front with big citrus tones that yield to a rich, viscous, powerfully built mid-palate full of pineapple, peach and apricot tones with plenty of acid backing it up yet it still becomes cloying and sticky on the backend. The finish is also sweet with big, pure notes of cinnamon toast with cream and vanilla. A lot of wine that’s not my style but should find many admirers. 90pts


Member Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
2.00 5
11/08/2009

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


Snooth User: Wingman
17956622
4.50 5
05/17/2009

Frank Family has their Napa Chardonnay and their Carneros Chardonnay and unfortunately Snooth doesn't decipher between the two at this time. This review is for the Carneros Chardonnay which is far and away the best of the two. The Carneros Chardonnay is one of the few wines out there that I have tried that rival the Rombauer Charndonnay. It's smooth and buttery and goes great with any summer meal.


Snooth User: spc73
58604744
4.00 5
10/31/2010

Four glasses



2007 Frank Family Napa Valley Chardonnay is multifaceted and vibrant; it opens with aromas of Kaffir lime leaves, yellow plum, juicy peaches, and dried pear. These bright aromas are countered by vanilla bean Crme brle, lemon curd and cinnamon baked apple. The palate is lively, smooth, and layered; bursting with pineapple, Bosc pear, and Russet apples, moving into spiced cake, and buttery pie crust, while being accented by a subtle hint of Thai ginger.Production Notes:Barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once and 33% twice filled French Oak barrels for 11 months. While ageing on the lees, the wine was hand stirred regularly, a technique known as "batonage," which promotes depth and longevity. This is a California Wine.

Dietary Information: Organic


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