Frank Family’s first vintage of this wine in nearly two decades, opens with fresh plums that intertwine with coffee and cedar. An effortless mix of blackberries and baking spice, the Merlot is complex and elegant, offering smooth layers of pomegranate and a depth of dark chocolate that carries through the persistent finish.
Sourced from our family-owned Benjamin Vineyard in Rutherford as well as several of our closest neighbors and long-term grape growers, Delouise, Round Pond Estate, and Sunseri Vineyards located in Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and Chiles Valley respectively.
Frank Family grows several acres of Merlot on our Rutherford properties, which we often blend with our Cabernet Sauvignons to add softness and a more rounded mouthfeel. But Merlot is worthy to stand on its own. This wine has so much elegant and structured potential that it can go head-to-head with many Napa Valley Cabernets. Aged for 18 months in 33% new and 67% once and twice-filled French oak barrels.
Pairs well with beef, lamb, and veal dishes.