2012 Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1183521 92 points James Suckling

 Shows richness and balance with blackberry and black currant character. Full-bodied, firm and silky. Tight and serious. Needs two or three years to soften.  (7/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a much more friendly, supple, fruit-forward style of wine with loads of créme de cassis, plum, licorice and spice. This opulent, full-bodied wine is certainly going to be a big hit with consumers. It is broad, savory and pretty much everything one wants in a delicious Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Bring on the grilled meats! This wine should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)  (10/2014)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Completing Frank Family's very successful contingent of 2012 Cabernets and a wine that is only marginally less compelling than its high-ticket mates, this rich, very precise effort is a little more up-front in its mix of fruit and sweet oak and a little less burdened by tannin. Its teases with plushness may invite early drinking, and it will not disappoint if poured with juicy cuts of prime rib even now, but it has plenty of potential for mid-term improvement and will repay five or six years of age.  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Accented by 11% Merlot and smaller percentages of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this smooth, oaky wine offers dark black fruit and vanilla, with a swirl of bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Ready to enjoy now, it’s robustly made and in balance.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Forward, New World, opulent style. Deep, dark fruit on the nose, coffee, tar and dark chocolate. Big, plush mouthfeel, with velvety tannins and powerful flavours that match the palate. Brooding yet approachable in youth, but it will age well for three to five years, although the gigantic fruit may fade. Long, fruit-intense finish. Well made.  (4/2015)


 Dark red cherries, plums, spices, mocha and new leather are all laced together in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Attractive floral and spice notes add sweet on the racy finish. Drink this feminine, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon over the next few years. (AG)  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

All of the Frank Family's Cabernets were great successes in 2012. Frank Family Cabernets are always among the richest in Napa Valley, and this 2012 offers tons of dark fruit and a bit of spice, balanced and harmonious and smooth.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- 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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5