2012 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Features clean, fresh, vibrant green apple, pear, spice, citrus and honeysuckle flavors that are refreshing and persistent. Drink now. (Web-2014)
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.