2013 Frank Family "Winston Hill" Rutherford Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1347228 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Winston Hill, which comes from a 25-acre parcel on their larger estate was named after their English Springer Spaniel who is pictured on the label. The wine was aged 21 months in 75% new French oak, and is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The color is a deep ruby purple, and the wine reveals beautiful pure creme de cassis, black raspberry fruit, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. It has wonderful elegance combined with intensity, power and authority. This is a beauty, and a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25-30 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Sourced from the estate's hillside vineyard on the extreme eastern edge of the Rutherford AVA, this compelling young Cabernet earns very high marks for both its careful construction and its impressive depth. It is loaded with incisive, optimally ripened, keenly currant fruit and enriched by a generous measure of beautifully fit oak, and, if fairly tight and a bit unruly at the moment in a manner wholly commensurate to its age, it nonetheless leaves the impression of an inherently polished and well-crafted wine that will reward a decade of waiting and could well keep improving beyond its twentieth anniversary. *Three Stars*  (12/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This blend of four red-Bordeaux varieties opens with fresh cassis notes that lead to a juicier core. Structured and robust yet accessible, it features chocolate and blackberry jam flavors. (VB)  (5/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Red Wine Winston Hill, from a choice parcel in Rutherford, is explosive, rich and concentrated. The rich, extracted style works well in this vintage, although the Winston Hill pushes ripeness to the extreme. Raspberry jam, cherries, cloves and kirsch are some of the notes that flow through to the ample, racy finish. (AG)  (10/2015)

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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.
Country:

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.
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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.
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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.