Frank Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Zinfandel

9.0536 ratings
8.946 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

Highly-extracted but under control (barely). Nose has scorched earth, spice-spiked maple syrup, hot dusty sandstone, ripe blackberry, roasted fresh green herbs. Ripe on initial entry, then turns tannic and structured with chalky-textured tannin and discernible bitterness on the finish. Needs a big hearty winter stew. (Was a bit overpowering for my puttanesca.)

Highly-extracted but under control (barely). Nose has scorched earth, spice-spiked maple syrup, hot dusty sandstone, ripe blackberry, roasted fresh green herbs. Ripe on initial entry, then turns tannic and structured with chalky-textured tannin and discernible bitterness on the finish. Needs a big hearty winter stew. (Was a bit overpowering for my puttanesca.)

Feb 27th, 2021
Austin Hohnke

Boozy. Luxardo cherries. Vanilla. Clove. Chest warming.

Boozy. Luxardo cherries. Vanilla. Clove. Chest warming.

Oct 4th, 2020
Ellen Clifford

This is a very sophisticated Zin. Sophisticated as in raised-on-classical-but-moved-to-big-city-and-got-into-BillieEilish-but-go- waltzing-for-fun way. Shall I be textbook? Let’s.
Eye: medium ruby red thick big ol’ tears
Nose: leaps out! Licorice red/blue/black fruit but mostly like stewed dried cranberries and spice and vanilla bean
Tongue (mine) dry, medium acid, medium plush ripe tannins, high booze level (checking to see if I was correct)ohhhh 14.8! So yeah high abv.
Body is medium plus. Intensity medium plus. It’s all ripe and raisined purple plum, black cherries, blackberries and all of these fruits are dried and ripe plus a handful of blueberries and a slosh of vanilla bean liqueur and some allspice or even...velvet falernum. Finish is medium plus.
This is a Zin I want in my life forevs

This is a very sophisticated Zin. Sophisticated as in raised-on-classical-but-moved-to-big-city-and-got-into-BillieEilish-but-go- waltzing-for-fun way. Shall I be textbook? Let’s.
Eye: medium ruby red thick big ol’ tears
Nose: leaps out! Licorice red/blue/black fruit but mostly like stewed dried cranberries and spice and vanilla bean
Tongue (mine) dry, medium acid, medium plush ripe tannins, high booze level (checking to see if I was correct)ohhhh 14.8! So yeah high abv.
Body is medium plus. Intensity medium plus. It’s all ripe and raisined purple plum, black cherries, blackberries and all of these fruits are dried and ripe plus a handful of blueberries and a slosh of vanilla bean liqueur and some allspice or even...velvet falernum. Finish is medium plus.
This is a Zin I want in my life forevs

Aug 10th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

FFV first constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. Blended with 11% Petite Sirah, aromas of rich dark fruits with herb spice notes. On the palate cherry and raspberry flavors with some vanilla oak and pepper spice. Firm tannins, medium finish, good mouthfeel ending with spicy fruit character. Nice!

FFV first constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. Blended with 11% Petite Sirah, aromas of rich dark fruits with herb spice notes. On the palate cherry and raspberry flavors with some vanilla oak and pepper spice. Firm tannins, medium finish, good mouthfeel ending with spicy fruit character. Nice!

Apr 8th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Owned by Richard Frank and Koerner Rombauer. 14% Petite Sirah and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon is added to enhance the wine. Deep, deep red! Aromas of wild berry fruits, pungent spice and earthy notes. On the palate blackberry and raspberry flavors with pepper spice, some tobacco and oak character. Savory soft tannins, lingering ending with a burst of fruit. Nice.

Owned by Richard Frank and Koerner Rombauer. 14% Petite Sirah and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon is added to enhance the wine. Deep, deep red! Aromas of wild berry fruits, pungent spice and earthy notes. On the palate blackberry and raspberry flavors with pepper spice, some tobacco and oak character. Savory soft tannins, lingering ending with a burst of fruit. Nice.

Nov 3rd, 2017
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Big, jammy, raisins, very high alcohol and moderate- acidity. All dried, concentrated black and red fruits. Syrup like. Not my style but well made.

Big, jammy, raisins, very high alcohol and moderate- acidity. All dried, concentrated black and red fruits. Syrup like. Not my style but well made.

Oct 13th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.8

Great Zinfandel for National Zinfandel Day tomorrow.
Medium purplish ruby red. Nose is layered with mint, plums, dark cocoa, pepper, a little cinnamon and some cherries. More spices as it airs. Medium tannins (5/10) and dry medium body. Rounded palate with bramble berries, plums, herbal, tobacco and some twigs. Not too jammy either. Medium to medium plus finish. Drink till 2022.

Great Zinfandel for National Zinfandel Day tomorrow.
Medium purplish ruby red. Nose is layered with mint, plums, dark cocoa, pepper, a little cinnamon and some cherries. More spices as it airs. Medium tannins (5/10) and dry medium body. Rounded palate with bramble berries, plums, herbal, tobacco and some twigs. Not too jammy either. Medium to medium plus finish. Drink till 2022.

2 people found it helpfulNov 14th, 2017
Chris Danner

Not a big red zin fan in general, but this works on a chill out thursday. 8.8 points.

Not a big red zin fan in general, but this works on a chill out thursday. 8.8 points.

2 people found it helpfulApr 16th, 2015
DAL 9000

Fruity upfront. Soft berries in the middle with a touch of anise spice. Very little peppery taste for a zin.

Fruity upfront. Soft berries in the middle with a touch of anise spice. Very little peppery taste for a zin.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 7th, 2015
Justin Barbour

Floral and fig notes. A smooth, mellow middle. Well blended and non confrontational. The kind if wine you enjoy but don't have to think about. It sits a little heavy on the tongue, a bit richer than most Zins, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Floral and fig notes. A smooth, mellow middle. Well blended and non confrontational. The kind if wine you enjoy but don't have to think about. It sits a little heavy on the tongue, a bit richer than most Zins, but thoroughly enjoyable.

2 people found it helpfulSep 29th, 2013