The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ratchets up the complexity, richness, breadth of flavor and overall texture and personality. Dense ruby/purple with notes of blueberries, blackcurrants, spice box and subtle oak, the wine is full-bodied, generously endowed, opulent (characteristics of 2012), pure and beautifully textured. Built like a skyscraper, but not heavy, this is a tour de force and a brilliant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now-2025. (RP)
Showing a clear sense of kinship with its Winston Hill sibling and, if anything a bit bolder and more outgoing yet, the Frank Family Reserve is a big, broad, mouthfilling effort that places a premium on unfettered richness. That said, it is no slave to simple ripeness and sports sustained, very well-focused fruit with complexing teases of cola, dried herbs briar and loam adding to its distinctly curranty varietal credentials. It runs up against plenty of blunting tannin at the finish, but its essential fruit stays the course effortlessly, and, if a half-dozen years will see it through to better, it will grow and improve for at least as many more. *Two Stars*
Silky smooth for a young Cabernet, with a core of rich, elegant blackberry, licorice, espresso and currant flavors woven together in a rather seamless effort. The tannins and vanilla bean—accented oak show on the finish. Drink now through 2023. (JL)
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