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Frank Family Vineyards
2007 Napa Valley Zinfandel

Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 8, 2010

Frank Family Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Zinfandel wine review

A Zesty Zin
Frank Family Vineyards
2007 Napa Valley Zinfandel


The dream for Frank Family Vineyards began in 1990 when Rich Frank, a Disney executive, purchased a getaway in Rutherford, CA, the heart of the Napa Valley. A relationship with Koerner Rombauer, head of one of Napa’s finest wine families, soon led to a partnership when the pair purchased the former Kornell Champagne Cellars in Calistoga. Thus, Frank Family Vineyards was established. (Frank and his wife bought out Rombauer in 2007 and are now the sole proprietors of their namesake winery.) Frank Family continues to craft sparkling wines in the tradition of Kornell, but now also makes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and several Zinfandels. The 2007 Napa Valley Zinfandel offers classic cherry cola aromas with a hint of cinnamon and eucalyptus. On the palate, it is surprisingly spicy with lots of cinnamon and clove and lingering white pepper and anise on the finish. Other flavors include dark cherries, plums, cocoa and dried figs. Tannins offer structure but are soft enough to make the wine approachable to those fearful of big red wines. Try it with barbequed ribs, slow-cooked brisket, red-wine-marinated grilled chicken or a wild mushroom pizza. With its baking spice notes, the wine will even complement a spice cake or shortbread.

Rating: 15/20

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