Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - 750ml

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93pts Wilfred Wong

My history with Frank Family goes back nearly two decades. I have always kept a watchful eye on what they were doing. I knew that over time, this winery would become of the Napa Valley's top performers. The 2016 Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the winery's best wines to date.  This wine is demonstrative and well-structured. Its powerful yet stately aromas and flavors of bold black fruits start and stay beautiful to the wine's finish. A hint of oak adds to the complexity. Pair it with a standing rib roast laden with garlic, rosemary, and cracked black peppercorns. (Tasted: July 18, 2019, San Francisco, CA)

93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Containing a 2% splash of Petit Verdot, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon RHF opens with fragrant cassis, mocha, underbrush and preserved plums scents with touches of iron ore and dried herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and savory in the mouth with a good concentration of muscular fruit and a savory finish.

92pts Wine Spectator

The dark currant and steeped plum fruit is framed by singed alder, dark tobacco and sassafras notes, with a hint of licorice root. Grippy through the finish, offering a tarry edge. A touch brawny overall, but showing good energy. Give this a little time. Best from 2021 through 2032.

Winemaker Notes

Named in honor of Frank Family’s owner and founder Richard Harvey Frank, the inaugural vintage of RHF offers soft silky black fruit and punches of cinnamon and classic Rutherford dust. Beautifully layered, structured and brightly vibrant, it has impressive coaxings of cedar and a rich hint of blackberries. The structure and mouthfeel are firm and dry, with well-articulated tannins, leading to an endless finish.

Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot