Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel

Region California, United States
Grape Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon
Style Red
Brand Frank Family Vineyards

Harvest Dates
Septemner 20th – October 11th 2012

Blend Composition
79% Zinfandel
18% Petite Sirah
3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation
Napa Valley

Cooperage
18 months in 33% new French oak barrels and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels

Tasting Notes
Frank Family Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel is bright scarlet in color and possesses aromas of rhubarb, licorice, graphite and white pepper. On the palate, flavors sweet plum, cherries and vanilla meld with hints of tarragon. The wine is balanced with silky tannins, earthiness and a kick of space.

Technical Data
14.6% Alcohol
3.74 pH
0.58 g/100ml TA

Take a trip back in time at the Frank Family Vineyards. First constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. The massive stone edifice is considered an archetype of California’s wine country; it appears on the National Register of Historical Places and is listed as a Point of Historical Interest in the state of California. The family focuses their energies on making superb still wines. The winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah and several distinctively different Cabernet Sauvignons. The highly regarded Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is barrel aged for two and one-half years, is emerging as one of the most sought after wines in the valley and their Carneros Vineyards produced some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir available. The Sangiovese, a rising star, is created entirely from grapes grown on Rich’s Winston Hill property, and the Zinfandel comes from the Pope & Chiles Valley. Once owned by wine legend Hans Kornell, the winery originally secured its reputation with sparkling wines. Five sparkling wines continue to be handcrafted today in the old building: Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé and occasionally the Rouge and Reserve. All of these are made in the traditional French method champenoise style.

Frank Family Vineyards Reserve wines are produced in small quantities and currently only sold at the winery and a handful of selected restaurants and wine shops. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick stone walls, high stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost winery ambience. The winery provides beautiful tasting rooms for its guests in the restored 70 year old Craftsman House. Just outside to the south of the building, visitors are welcome to sit under the giant 100 year old Elm trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy the spectacular vineyard views.

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