Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019, Napa Valley, California

Frank Family Vineyards was 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. 2019 vintage – 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah. This beautifully balanced and deeply concentrated Zinfandel boasts elegant, complex layers of crushed clove, fresh blackberry, and creamy mocha on the nose. A velvety texture of fine- grained tannins provides structural weight to the ripe fruit flavors of plum compote as well as violet, thyme, and black pepper. Winemaker notes: Frank Family is passionate about California’s heritage grape, Zinfandel. A notorious uneven ripener, it is difficult to grow in certain years, but 2019 brought generous sun and a long growing season which provided our grapes ideal conditions to ripen fully. This Napa Valley-designate wine is cultivated from our estate vineyards in Capell Valley and Rutherford and from neighboring vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga. Aging: 16 months in 33% new French oak barrels, and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels.