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2002 Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1024149 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Soft, ripe and totally voluptuous, showing gorgeously ripe fruit and tannins. Seductive and delicious. Doesn't seem built for the long haul, but defines Rutherford's red stone fruit, and slightly earthy appeal.  (9/2006)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 No such issue exists with the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve. This youthful, backward effort also exhibits plenty of tannin as well as a dense purple color, and copious notes of creme de cassis, roasted herbs, incense, graphite and vanillin. Full-bodied, dense, rich and broodingly backward, it should be forgotten for five years and drunk over the following 15-20. 91+ (RP)  (6/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Excellent balance and richness, with firm currant, mineral, herb, sage and cedary oak notes that are tight and concentrated. (JL)  (10/2006)

K&L Notes

Frank Family Vineyards' 2002 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon showcases aromas of smoky barrel spice that layer with cedar, blackberry, and cocoa powder. The palate is full bodied and round with supple tannin and a long finish punctuated by essence of black currents. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, aged 27 months in 50% new and 50% once filled French oak barrels.

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- 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.