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. 2018 vintage – 89% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah. This Napa Valley-designate wine is cultivated from estate vineyards in Capell Valley and Rutherford and from neighboring vineyards in St. Helena and Calistoga. Frank Family’s S&J Vineyard is comprised of 75 planted acres on fertile, well-draining soil, reminiscent of the Rutherford Bench. Our newest family-owned vineyard, Benjamin Vineyard, is located east of Conn Creek Road on the Rutherford floor. The site is anchored by gravely loam soil as a result of sediment from the nearby Conn Creek and Napa River. Aged 16 months in 33% new and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels. Tasting notes: Fragrant earthiness lies beneath rich black cherry and plum flavors in this full-bodied, deep-colored wine. Mocha, cardamom, and baked cherry enhance the wine’s refreshing acidity and powerful tannins that find harmony on the lingering finish.