*One Star* Sometimes it is not such a bad thing to be the baby brother, and this wine is a clear case in point. It shares its siblings' bent to richness and to expressed yet well-measured ripeness, and, if it is somewhat less tannic, it comes with plenty of youthful astringency and is sure to keep in the cellar for four to eight years. That it may not reach the heights of grandeur expected of its siblings is no crime when a wine is this good.
The least expensive wine of this grouping is Frank Family Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Attractive blackcurrant fruit, chocolate and spice along with some subtle background forest floor and coffee emerge from the aromatics and flavors of this medium to full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are soft, and the wine juicy and impressive. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
Frank Family's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a very pretty, succulent wine to drink now and over the next few years. This is an especially ripe, forward style. Super-ripe black cherries, mint, licorice and sweet spices are pushed forward. These new releases from Frank Family Vineyards are some of the best wines I have tasted from this venerable estate. (AG)
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