2012 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1137712 Connoisseurs Guide

 We like much about this wine but must admit to a misgiving or two for, while it is fruity and focused and charged with plenty of youthful brightness and bounce, it leans out as it goes and its acidy bones tend to stick out a bit at the finish. It wants a little more fruity extract to fill in the spaces that need filling, yet it is still a useful, slightly smaller-scaled Chardonnay that will serve nicely with meaty white fishes, and it may take on a little more breadth as it ages.  (1/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chardonnay exhibits attractive notes of pineapples and orange blossoms, medium body, good acidity and a fresh, lively mouthfeel. It should drink well for 2-3 years.  (10/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Expressive, clean aromas of apple, stone fruits, tarragon, basil and honeysuckle. Nicely concentrated and plump, even a bit glyceral in the middle, but with a slightly disjointed sweet/sour quality today. This wine came into better harmony with time in the glass; I'd give it 6 to 12 months before pulling the cork.  (5/2014)


 Apricots, honey, wild flowers, sweet spices and butter all flesh out in a rich, inviting 2012 Chardonnay Napa Valley loaded with personality. The the 2012 is open and textured, partly because of the generous vintage as well as the winemaking style. This is a lovely showing from Frank Family.  (11/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 This Chardonnay needs a few more months to come around. It’s tart with acidity, along with oak and tropical fruit flavors that have plenty of potential, but haven’t meshed together yet.  (2/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Features clean, fresh, vibrant green apple, pear, spice, citrus and honeysuckle flavors that are refreshing and persistent. Drink now. (Web-2014)

K&L Notes

Named 2012 Winery by the Year from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine! The new Chardonnay release from Frank Family is sourced from the Carneros, in the southern Napa Valley, and displays its signature volume and length, with ripe peachy and tropical citrus fruit aromas and flavors, a lush and creamy mid-palate, and layers of toasty oak spice. A Napa Valley classic.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4