Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Calistoga 2010
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.Add winemaker's notes
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.
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.
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.
Dark spicy sweet lots of alcohol, classic overripe Zinfandel. Way too hot it did not work with food. Well made but ... not my style.
Inky black. Raspberry fruit nose. HUGE Wine. Blackberry jam, smooth tannins, excellent fruit, long finish. Very good Zin. Really enjoyed
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.