Review: Wines of Frank Family Vineyards, Late 2018 Releases
Here are three late arrivals from Frank Family Vineyards, including a reprise of its pinot noir, which we previously reviewed.
2016 Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros – A second look at this wine reveals a somewhat more nuanced expression of Carneros Pinot, now showing a more aggressive fruit profile that is complemented more by wood than by bacon fat. The finish is bold with blackberries, with a current of dark chocolate and licorice running through it. Much improved. B+ / $29
2015 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – A classically big cab, dry as dust on first blush, then opening up quite nicely to reveal a slug of blackcurrants, some mint, and a mixture of spices both sweet and savory. The finish is quite a bit sweeter than expected, with a kiss of vanilla lingering on the tongue. B+ / $45
2015 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley – Not too sweet, this lively little zin pours on the fruit, as is the norm, but tempers the blackberry, plum, and currant notes with some floral elements, chocolate sauce, and a healthy slug of vanilla-scented wood. The finish drives straight into red berry territory (berritory?), with a clean and engaging exit. A- / $30