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 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 Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Frank Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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    Dark ruby with a very purple tone, the complex nose brings baked black cherry, black currant, dark spice, violets, tart blueberry and lavender. The moderate tannins are very fine and chalky on a fresh, yet nearly full-bodied, palate. Flavors include tangy, cooked berries, black cherry, charcoal, dill and lots of dark spice. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Winston Hill 2011

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    This wine, decadent and unctuous, may show less vintage influence than any other Rutherford 2011 Ive tasted. Aromas include milk chocolate, coconut, ripe black currants, brown spice and oak. Its full-bodied in the mouth yet balanced by acidity and fine-grained, grippy tannins. Flavors include mint, tart black currant, spice, oak and coconut. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. ... ... wine. 92pts 2011 Frank Family Vineyards Winston Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Napa Valley $150 This wine, decadent and unctuous, may show less vintage influence than any other Rutherford 2011 I’ve tasted. Aromas include milk chocolate, coconut, ripe bla... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros 2012

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    Wine review by torbjorn222


  • Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Rutherford 2010

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    very juicy , lots of berries , great full body and always great , dry finish .Its a big boy for sure Thats how Californian wine should be . Read More

    Wine review by Piotr Swieboda


  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that would make for some splendid gifting. I’ve covered Cabernet, Pinot Noir, the wines of France and today I turn my attention towards Italy. Without a doubt my favorite wine producing country; Italy is home to more variety and styles of wine than anyplace else on the planet. As... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Rutherford 2010

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    Wine review by Piotr Swieboda


  • It’s always a good time to be talking about Chardonnay, but never better ... and pure. 92pts 2012 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros 14.4% $30 Spicy and cool on the nose with subtle nutty oak notes joining fresh citrus and golden apple fruit on the nose. Moderately large scaled in the mouth but at the same time nicely nervy with fine i... Read More

    From the article A Baker's Dozen: $30 Chardonnay


  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros 2012

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    Spicy and cool on the nose with subtle nutty oak notes joining fresh citrus and golden apple fruit on the nose. Moderately large scaled in the mouth but at the same time nicely nervy with fine integrated acidity that is probably higher than one thinks though it is so nicely buffered by the fruit. A hint of creaminess develops with air, making th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

    From the article Project Zin 2013


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