2012 Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.