Frank Family Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford) is named to honor the 99th year of the Frank legacy. (The patriotic history of the Franks, authored by Rich Franks, is well worth reading on the back label.) The fruit for this wine is culled out from the Winston Hill Vineyard. Somewhat similar in style to the Winston Hill Cabernet, this wine is flawless, seamless, voluptuous, and a total intellectual and hedonistic turn-on. Dense ruby/purple, with glorious levels of black currant and blackberry fruit as well as some cherries thrown in for extra dimension, it is full-bodied, silky smooth, and a terrific example of California world-class winemaking. It is approachable and delicious already, but it will be better in 5-6 years and no doubt last for 25-30. A worthy bottle from a patriotic family, for sure!
Charry, cedary oak is evident from the start, yet the intense dark and red berry fruit folds in nicely, tightening the focus and unveiling layers of depth and flavor. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases made.
This 100% varietal wine from the producer's prized estate vineyard is soft textured and full bodied-an exploration of leather, blackberry pie, coffee and cigar. With its long, black pepper-inflected finish, it's ready for steak.