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2015 Frank Family Vineyards The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 7979651 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $150
Item Sold Amount Date
I7999118 2 $140 Nov 14, 2021
I7996377 1 $150 Nov 7, 2021
I7982920 1 $140 Oct 24, 2021
I7977918 4 $140 Oct 17, 2021
I7972774 1 $140 Oct 10, 2021
I7967396 1 $140 Oct 3, 2021
I7957618 1 $150 Sep 19, 2021
I7953392 1 $150 Sep 19, 2021
I7950734 3 $140 Sep 12, 2021
I7924192 6 $150 Aug 15, 2021
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RATINGS

96+ Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch is another sensational 2015 from this estate and is made as an homage to the founder of the estate. Currants, Asian spices, graphite, and mineral notes all emerge from this concentrated, firm, backward 2015 that's going to need cellaring to show its full potential. This cuvee comes from a site in Rutherford and spent 21 months in 75% new French oak.

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch shows a deep garnet-purple color with a cassis, spiced plums, black cherry compote, menthol, chocolate box, earth and tobacco nose. Medium to full-bodied in the plush, spicy mouth, it's expressive with lovely balance, soft acid and velvety tannins, finishing long.

90Wine Enthusiast

This is a thick, concentrated wine from the producer's estate site on the eastern benches of the appellation. Leather, earth and blue and red fruit meld together within firm sizable tannins and prominent oak. The wine is made in a big full-bodied style.

PRODUCER

Frank Family Vineyards

Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 2007 when former Disney executive Rich Frank purchased the Kornell Champagne Cellars in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The winemaker is Todd Graff, who worked in Europe and at such Napa Valley estates as Stag’s Leap and Schramsberg before joining Frank Family Vineyards. The winery’s nearly 200 acres of vineyards our located in Rutherford, Carneros and just east of the Vaca Mountain range. The locations are among the most prestigious in the area. Frank Family produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, but is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignons, including some highly limited production Cabs that are made available only to the estate’s mailing list.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.