2007 Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1059804 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dense dark plum/purple-tinged 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The fragrant bouquet of blueberries and flowers is followed by admirable complexity, sweet tannins, a medium to full-bodied, graceful mouthfeel and no hard edges. Drink this outstanding Napa Cabernet over the next 15+ years. This ancient winery, established in 1884, resurfaced in 1992. (RP)  (12/2010)

90 points James Suckling

 A soft and friendly Cab with a nice currant and plum character and hints of chocolate and new oak. Full and round, with great fruit. A little one dimensional on the palate, but very attractive.  (2/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cherry-vanilla, boysenberry and mocha, with a subtle floral quality emerging with air. Plush, juicy dark fruit flavors show very good depth, with vanilla and violet pastille nuances contributing sweetness. Tannins arrive late and are nicely folded into the fruit on the long, smoky finish. This will drink well soon. (ST)  (6/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dry, dustily tannic and somewhat closed down, this Cabernet clearly wants some time in the cellar. It has rich, juicy blackberry and cherry flavors, but the tannins and acidity close in fast, locking them down and making the wine astringent and tart. Give it a few years, or decant if you're opening it now.  (4/2011)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Nicely ripened, moderately fruity and leaning just enough to red cherries to faintly hint at Merlot, this supple, nicely structured effort comfortably marries temperate oak and juicy young fruit in its mid-density flavors. It is not nor ever will be an especially big or dramatic wine, but it gets the nod by dint of its focus and will improve for a few years.  (12/2010)

Wine & Spirits

 Dark and ripe, this is a gentle, peppery Cabernet with honeyed sweetness to balance the bitter blackness of its tannin. For braised beef.  (6/2011)

K&L Notes

The 2007 Frank Family Vineyard’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep purple color. The aromas are brimming with sweet blackberries, Tahitian vanilla, chocolate-dusted espresso beans and spiced cake with raspberry coulis. As further layers emerge, notes of aniseed, sage browned butter and cigar box come forward. The palate is profuse and lively bursting with juicy cherries, blackberry pie topped with cardamom ice cream and fresh-brewed coffee with a touch of cinnamon. These classic aromas are harmoniously balanced by a well structured mouthfeel of velvety tannins that are wonderfully polished yet youthful with lasting grip.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2011 | Send Email
For years Frank Family has been pumping out some of the richest wines in Napa Valley from their historic winery, formerly known as the Larkmead Winery, which was built in 1884. From their texture driven Chardonnay to their jammy, bombastic Zinfandel to their supple, yet power-laden Cabernet they rarely miss. The 2007 vintage gave them fantastic raw materials to work with, and they surely made an amazing Cab. Blending in 9% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, this bottling is truly delicious and easily ready to drink right away as well as being appropriate for the cellar over the next 5-6 years. Bold aromatics of blackberry, olive tapanade, 72% cocoa and toffee blend wonderfully to create an at once fruit forward but serious amalgamation. Backed by a continuation of ripe fruit on the palate leaning towards dominating flavors of currant and black olive while retaining one of the smoothest textures in a Cab I’ve seen in months. Sandalwood, cinnamon, sage and confectionary flavors flow freely in the long and rewarding finish. This is, simply put, a Cabernet that is hard not to enjoy immensely.

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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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4