2014 Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml)

SKU #1316423 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Sometimes it is not such a bad thing to be the baby brother, and this wine is a clear case in point. It shares its siblings' bent to richness and to expressed yet well-measured ripeness, and, if it is somewhat less tannic, it comes with plenty of youthful astringency and is sure to keep in the cellar for four to eight years. That it may not reach the heights of grandeur expected of its siblings is no crime when a wine is this good.  (8/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The least expensive wine of this grouping is Frank Family Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Attractive blackcurrant fruit, chocolate and spice along with some subtle background forest floor and coffee emerge from the aromatics and flavors of this medium to full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are soft, and the wine juicy and impressive. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)  (12/2016)

Vinous

 Frank Family's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a very pretty, succulent wine to drink now and over the next few years. This is an especially ripe, forward style. Super-ripe black cherries, mint, licorice and sweet spices are pushed forward. These new releases from Frank Family Vineyards are some of the best wines I have tasted from this venerable estate. (AG)  (9/2016)

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Varietal:

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 MĂ©doc 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.
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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.
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California

- 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.