Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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Indulge in the legacy of Frank Family Vineyards with the extraordinary Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Crafted as a tribute to founder Richard Harvey Frank, this Napa Valley masterpiece is a symphony of sophistication, skillfully curated by Winemaker Todd Graff.

Meticulously blending Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this Cabernet Reserve is a testament to the artistry that defines Frank Family wines. The result is a wine that not only showcases the terroir of Napa Valley but also pays homage to the founding vision of the Frank Family.

From the moment it is poured, this Reserve Cabernet captivates with a deep, alluring color, setting the stage for a sensory journey. The nose is greeted with the essence of currant and blackberries, seamlessly harmonizing with subtle undertones of cinnamon and dark chocolate. Each sip becomes an exploration of softness and supple richness, unveiling layers of dried herb and dusty earth that add a savory complexity to the palate.

Esteemed wine critic Jeb Dunnuck has bestowed an impressive 94 points upon the 2018 vintage. Dunnuck draws parallels to top Pauillac wines, emphasizing the darker blackcurrant fruit, lead pencil nuances, and impeccable balance that define this exceptional Cabernet Reserve. The recognition from such a respected critic elevates the wine’s standing in the realm of fine wines.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate adds to the accolades with a remarkable 93 points, describing the wine as confidently strutting with stewed black cherries, mulberries, and a compelling herbal lift. This acknowledgment further solidifies the reputation of the Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as a wine of distinction and character.

With an alcohol content of 14.5%, this Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is not just a beverage; it’s a testament to the winemaking expertise of Todd Graff. Each element of this vintage invites enthusiasts to savor the legacy and exceptional craftsmanship that defines Frank Family Vineyards. Richard Harvey Frank’s founding vision comes to life in each carefully curated sip, showcasing a commitment to excellence and a passion for creating wines of unparalleled quality.

For those seeking a wine that embodies legacy and excellence, the Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is the pinnacle. As you explore the depths of flavor and aroma, you are taken on a journey through the Napa Valley terroir and the rich history of the Frank Family. The blend of varietals, the critical acclaim, and the expert craftsmanship converge to create an experience that transcends the ordinary.

In conclusion, the Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is not just a wine; it’s an ode to legacy, an expression of craftsmanship, and a celebration of the founder’s vision. As the keywords resonate in the digital realm, this vintage stands ready to be discovered by enthusiasts who seek the perfect blend of tradition and innovation. With each click and each pour, the Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon invites you to become part of a legacy that continues to redefine excellence in every sip.


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Critical Acclaim

WS 95
Wine Spectator
A broad, well-structured version, with a serious core of cassis, plum reduction and blackberry paste flavors that meld steadily with melted black licorice, alder and warm earth hints. Reveals subtle violet and black tea nuances that hang in the background, staying fine-grained through the rich finish. A big wine, with nice poise. Best from 2024 through 2038. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,300 cases made.
MEL 96
Mel's Notes

Color: Deep, garnet red with a pronounced intensity, showcasing the wine's maturity and concentration.

Nose: The nose is captivating and complex, offering an intricate interplay of aromas. Rich espresso notes intertwine with the essence of black fruits and subtle hints of graphite.


  • Flavor Profile: The palate is a symphony of flavors, dominated by luscious black fruit, with cassis taking center stage. Layers of espresso from the nose continue, complemented by a delightful touch of black licorice. Subtle violet and black tea nuances dance in the background, adding depth and complexity.
  • Body of the Wine: Full-bodied and opulent, the wine boasts a generous and rounded texture, filling the mouth with a luxurious weight that speaks to its power and concentration.
  • Tannin Structure: The tannins are firm and finely grained, providing a solid structure that adds to the wine's aging potential. The texture is both velvety and chewy, contributing to the overall depth and complexity.
  • Sweetness Levels: The wine strikes a perfect balance between its fruit sweetness and the savory elements, creating a harmonious and well-integrated profile.
  • Acidity Levels: Vibrant acidity cuts through the richness, providing a refreshing lift to the wine. This acidity, combined with the structured tannins, ensures a poised and well-balanced finish.

Food Pairings: Pair this Frank Family Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 with dishes that complement the robust nature of Cabernet Sauvignon:

  • Grilled ribeye steak with a blackberry reduction sauce
  • Braised lamb shanks with rosemary and black currant glaze
  • Aged Gouda or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Dark chocolate truffles for a decadent dessert pairing
WA 93
Wine Advocate
"Blended of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Verdot and 2% Merlot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve struts confidently out of the glass with notions of stewed black cherries, mulberries, fresh blackcurrants and crushed blackberries with wafts of bouquet garni, tobacco leaf, dusty soil and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with crunchy black fruit and earthy layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with a compelling herbal lift."
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
"Largely in the same style, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve reminds me of a top Pauillac with its darker blackcurrant fruit as well as notes of lead pencil, crushed stone, cedar, and smoked tobacco. Rich and full-bodied, it has wonderful purity of fruit and the balance and structure to evolve for two decades."

Food Pairing with Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Frank Family Vineyards: A Legacy of Love and Premium Wines Nestled in the heart of Rutherford, Napa Valley, Frank Family Vineyards is a testament to the shared legacy of Rich and Leslie Frank, who fell in love with each other and this iconic wine region. Established in 1992, the vineyard spans over 380 acres across prime AVAs within Napa Valley, emphasizing the importance of location in winemaking. The family's philosophy centers on guests rather than customers, fostering a familial atmosphere. Rich Frank's global career, including roles as President of Disney Studios and Paramount Television, laid the foundation for Frank Family's success. Leslie Frank, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, adds her natural curiosity and passion for wine to the vineyard's story. The vineyards, named...check our brand Frank Family
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Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to simply as "Cabernet," is one of the world's most widely recognized and acclaimed red wine grape varieties. Renowned for its robust structure, alluring aromas, and complex flavors, Cabernet Sauvignon has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. This article delves into the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, exploring its origins, the regions where it flourishes, and the unique sensory experiences it offers. What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Originating from a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon has since become synonymous with quality and prestige in the wine world. The grape is known for its thick skin and hardy vine, making it resilient against...Please check Cabernet Sauvignon for more information

Winemaker of Frank Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Todd Graff

Todd Graff

Winemaker and General Manager Todd Graff stands as the driving force behind Frank Family Vineyards' acclaim as a world-class producer of Napa Valley Cabernet and Chardonnay. With a career spanning the globe, Todd's journey includes working in the steep slate vineyards of Germany, the sandy soils of France, and the diverse landscapes of Australia's Hunter Valley. Since joining Frank Family in 2003, Todd has played a pivotal role in the winery's growth, earning accolades such as "Winery of the Year" in 2012 and 2017. In 2020, he was named "Napa Winemaker of the Year," a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence in winemaking.
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Rutherford AVA

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) has long been hailed as one of the world's premier wine regions. Renowned for its exceptional terroir and ideal grape-growing conditions, Rutherford AVA is a place where extraordinary wines are born. From its distinct microclimate to its unique soil composition, this region cultivates grapes that produce wines of exceptional quality and distinction.

Rutherford AVA is celebrated for its signature grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. The region's gravelly and well-drained soils, coupled with warm days and cool nights, provide the perfect environment for these grapes to flourish. The resulting wines are marked by their exquisite balance, complexity, and... ...Check Region for more information

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