A SPECIAL WINE for a SPECIAL MAN
Frank Family Vineyards Introduces RHF Cabernet Sauvignon
Frank Family Vineyards takes tremendous pride in making each of their premium quality, handcrafted wines.
But, in September 2019, they released an incredibly special and personal bottle, the RHF Cabernet Sauvignon, named after inspirational owner and founder, Richard Harvey Frank.
The release of the RHF came on the heels of the winery’s milestone twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018. As the winery enters a new era, a new wine was born. With Frank Family’s strong presence in Rutherford, the question was not where to source the grapes, or which variety to choose, instead what they would call it.
“We wanted to create something special for our club members and guests who visit us at the winery, and I thought who is more special than my husband, Richard Frank? All of our vineyards are named after our grand- children and our dogs, so it was time to have a wine named after the man who started it all,” says Frank Family proprietor, Leslie Frank.
Rich Frank previously spent his career as a film executive in Hollywood, serving as President of Disney Studios for a decade before opening the doors to Frank Family Vineyards in 1993. Today, Rich and wife Leslie, have proudly grown their passion for wine into a business. Frank Family Vineyards has become a household name for premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, consistently receiving high critic ratings and winning awards for having the best tasting room in Napa Valley.
THE ICONIC HILLTOP SITE
RHF also pays homage to Frank Family’s estate Rutherford hillside and floor vine- yards from which the wine is sourced: Frank Family’s own Benjamin Vineyard on the valley floor, and their crown jewel hillside vineyard, Winston Hill. It is here, on Winston Hill’s southwest-facing slopes where Frank Family’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grow.
The prestigious Rutherford viticulture area is home to some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wines and has been home to Frank Family’s coveted Cabernet Sauvignons for the past few decades. The RHF captures the character of Rutherford from its endless layers of soft, silky black fruit and punches of cinnamon and classic Rutherford dust that has come to define the great wines of this wine-growing region.
The inaugural release of the RHF hails from the impressive 2016 vintage. It was a near-perfect growing season that extended Napa Valley’s run of exceptional vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon to five consecutive years. Frank Family winemaker, Todd Graff, says even in its youth, the 2016 RHF is already showing beautifully in the glass, but it will continue to grow and find added grace for decades to come.
RHF is available to taste and purchase in the Frank Family tasting room located on Larkmead Lane in Calistoga. The standard tasting includes pours of four to five wines: their current release sparkling wine, plus estate-grown reserve wine selections.
Tastings are by appointment Friday through Sunday and for groups of six or more. Reservations are recommended Monday through Thursday. Additional experiences include their Cabernet Sauvignon-driven, Wines of Winston Hill Tasting, and a food and wine pairing, both available by appointment at select times.
FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS
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