Wine Advocate 93 points - The stunning 2012 Chardonnay Lewis Reserve is one of the stars of the vintage. Poached pear, tangerine oil, honeysuckle and subtle oak are all present in this full-bodied, classic Napa Chardonnay. It represents a combination of the richness of the New World and the more nuanced complexity of Burgundy. With 14.5% natural alcohol, this full-bodied beauty will offer stunning drinking over the next 4-5 years. (Oct 2014)
Founded in 1992 and located in the northern part of Napa Valley, California, Frank Family Winery is owned by Rich and Connie Frank. In 1884, the property was home to Larkmead Winery and from 1958-1992, home to Kornell Champagne Cellars. The original building is on the National Register of Historical Places. The winery was completely remodeled in 2007. Winemaker and general manager Todd Graff has worked for a number wineries in California, including Schramsberg Vineyards. Frank Family owns 233 acres of vineyard located in Napa, Carneros, Rutherford and Capell Valley in eastern Napa County. The 20 acre Winston Hill parcel in Rutherford, is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, but small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese are also grown. The soil consists of well-draining, volcanic deposits and sandstone. The 138 acre Lewis Vineyard is located in Napa, Carneros and is planted on shallow, but dense clay loam soils. Chardonnay Dijon clones thrives here. Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small quantities of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel are grown in the 75 acre S&J Vineyard which is located in Napa’s Capell Valley. The vineyard is planted on fertile, well-draining, clay loam-based soil, reminiscent of the Rutherford Bench. Frank Family Vineyards were named 2012 Winery by the Year from the Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines.