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Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Calistoga 2010

Member Review by aronowm2:

One of my favorite producers of all time. I would pay $50 a bottle for this as it blows away most Napa cabs. Rich, smooth and velvety with great sweet cream zinfandel flavors. Great raspberry brandy flavor yet very refined. I don't know how they do it or why Ridge is more popular, but hot damn, this is definitely a desert island type wine that I would not be upset drinking every day for the rest of my life.

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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

Member Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Calistoga

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/15/2011

One of my favorite producers of all time. I would pay $50 a bottle for this as it blows away most Napa cabs. Rich, smooth and velvety with great sweet cream zinfandel flavors. Great raspberry brandy flavor yet very refined. I don't know how they do it or why Ridge is more popular, but hot damn, this is definitely a desert island type wine that I would not be upset drinking every day for the rest of my life.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/04/2010

Nose opens to faint floral and plum notes interwoven, with hints of moss, pine sawdust, oak and cedar in the background. A swell of cooked raspberry soon emerges, underpinned by cream cheese, prune and a tiny waft of smoke. Notes of nutmeg, bell pepper, caramel and leather intertwine with fruits and spice as the medley evolves over 3 hours. On the palate, a lovely melange of plum, prune, blueberry, cherry and grapefruit swirl in a pleasant mix of sour acidity and velvety tannins, producing a glazed mouthfeel. At three hours, new tastes of vanilla, cotton candy and creamy butter make for a smoother entry and exit. This wine reaches a higher, more complex level at three and four hours.


Snooth User: crkaul
16033645
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/25/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 03/15/2008

Plays loop-de-loop from the midpalate to the finish, with rich berry and plum. Lots of depth flirting with a ton of delicious fruit.


Snooth User: Lodi Brad
176242201
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/19/2010

Dark spicy sweet lots of alcohol, classic overripe Zinfandel. Way too hot it did not work with food. Well made but ... not my style.


Snooth User: jdepetrillo
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/22/2009

Inky black. Raspberry fruit nose. HUGE Wine. Blackberry jam, smooth tannins, excellent fruit, long finish. Very good Zin. Really enjoyed


Snooth User: Tifftunas
4380464
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/18/2008

I actually tried the 2005, but, didn't see that in your inventory. This wine has concentrated fruit with a long, smooth finish. Slightly peppery. Delicious.


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External Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Calistoga

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/28/2013

Bright scarlet in color with aromas of raspberries, plums, leather, brown sugar and white pepper. Medium bodied on the palate, flavors of sweet plum and caramel are balanced with silky tannins, earthiness and a kick of spice and acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

This wine's succulent blueberry and bright black cherry flavors turn savory as they meld into the tannin. Its firm structure and zinny-floral character make it a clean rather than heavy zin, suited to several years of age.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/11/2011

Frank Family has always done a good job with Zinfandel, but their '06 is the best yet. It's rich and delicious, packed with savory black cherry, raspberry, mocha, cinnamon spice and vanilla flavors that are wrapped into wonderfully soft tannins. Really defines the so-called "claret" style of Zin.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/11/2011

This is zesty and loaded with cracked pepper, smoky wild berry and pepper aromas, with rich, zesty boysenberry and roasted sage flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

Frank Family Vineyards with its main facility at the old Kornell Champagne Cellars on Larkmead Lane south of Calistoga and on Highway 29 north of Yountville has quite a pedigree. Without vineyards of its own, Frank Family is co-owned by Napa Valley veteran Koerner Rombauer, he of Rombauer Vineyards, and Rich Frank, he a relatively new arrival to the valley.The latter is a Hollywood mogul turned agent. Frank, who used to be the president of Disney and Paramount TV divisions, and headed up Comcast, now leads a talent agency among whose clients are Leonardo DiCaprio, Terri Hatcher, Cameron Diaz, Benicio del Toro and Geena Davis. Hatcher and Davis have been auctioned off if you will, as part of Frank’s last two lots in Auction Napa Valley. Actually, the winning bidders received walk-on parts in “Desperate Housewives,” and the ill-fated “Commander in Chief,” which stars Hatcher and Davis, respectively. Both made appearances of their own at the last two Napa events.Frank and Rombauer, however, leave the winemaking to Todd Graff, who fashioned this Zinfandel into a very stylish wine that is smooth and somewhat unctuous and alluring – not unlike some of Frank’s Tinseltown stars. But in the end, this Zin is well-balanced with soft tannins. The listed alcohol percentage is high – 15.2 – but it’s what one would expect from a Napa Valley Zin, but the heat is tempered because the alcohol is fairly well integrated.The wine spent 15 months in 35 percent new French oak and the remainder in once- and twice-filled barrels. There were 2,100 cases bottled and they’re going fast.



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