Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir

Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is sourced from 100% Pinot Noir grapes.  This review is of their 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir.  The winemaker is Todd Graff.

The grapes for this Pinot Noir come from their 138 acre Lewis Vineyard, located in Napa-Carneros.  Weather affecting this vineyard is primarily Pacific Ocean induced coolness, wind and fog.

The 2012 Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir was aged in 35% new French Oak barrels and 65% once and twice filled French Oak barrels.  The wine was aged for about 10 months.

8700 cases of this wine were produced in July of 2013.  Per the bottle, alcohol content is 14.5% by volume.

Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir price about $35.00.

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Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Review

Frank Family Vineyards Pinot NoirSample received for review purposes.

For this review, I had help from my regular tasting assistant, “Big Al.”  His keen palate and descriptive vocabulary is always spot on!

In appearance, this wine is ruby to cherry in color with a bit of rust.  Not overly dark, it’s typical of a pure Pinot Noir in terms of opaqueness.

It’s a very leggy wine with a lot of fine legs that fall fast in the glass.  Definitely hinting at a lighter bodied wine.

Aroma of the Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is very noticeable from afar.  We noted florals and cherry on the nose with a bit of spice.  Very enjoyable!

On the palate, this wine has flavors of cherry, dark berries and more spice.  As Al noted, the flavors were “dancing all over the place” and “engages every part of the mouth!”

Tannins of the Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir were only noted by me.  I called it a bit of a tingle on the sides of my tongue.  Mouthfeel was of linen.

The wine’s finish was definitely long and very enjoyable.

Overall, we both loved the Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir.  It’s very vibrant, evenly balanced and would go well with a brisket.

Two thumbs up…  Recommend!

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