Founded in 1992 by Rich and Leslie Frank, Frank Family Vineyards is one of the jewels of Napa Valley. As the former President of Disney Studios, Rich Frank traveled extensively across the globe, trying the great wines of the world. Over time he knew that Napa Valley was the perfect setting to start a winery. Rich had an incredibly successful career and under his leadership, television and movie properties such as Cheers, Entertainment Tonight, Golden Girls, Ellen, Dead Poet’s Society, Pretty Woman, Aladdin, and The Lion King achieved worldwide acclaim. Rich also is the longest serving President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys).
Leslie also had an incredibly successful career, spending more than 25 years covering news stories, and the last nine years of her TV news career reporting and anchoring at the number-one-rated station, KABC in Los Angeles. Prior to Los Angeles, Leslie was the main anchor at KCPQ, the FOX affiliate in Seattle, where she helped launch its 10 pm newscast, taking it to number one in its time slot and receiving an Emmy for Outstanding News Anchor. Rich and Leslie are fully invested in Frank Family Vineyards' as they manage everything from vineyard purchases, to sales and marketing.
Superstar winemaker Todd Graff first stated with Frank Family in 2003. His new releases were exceptional across the board. Frank Family has gained a very strong reputation for their Chardonnay wines and the latest set of releases were gorgeous. Check out the 2015 Frank Family Chardonnay (WWB, 92) which shows wonderful lift and ripe fruits with moderate oak. This release is an exceptional value. Even better is the simply stunning 2015 Frank Family ‘Lewis Vineyard Reserve’ Chardonnay (WWB, 94) which is opulent and soft, with an exceedingly long finish. Learn more about these outstanding wines at
2013 Frank Family ‘Blanc de Blancs’ Sparkling Wine- This Napa valley wine starts off with aromas of brioche and lemon zest with a touch of cantaloupe. Lively, with a lovely effervescence, lemon oil and Challah bread flavors shine through. This finishes clean with minerals and lip-smacking acidity. Made in the refreshing style, this is perfect for a hot summer day. Drink 2018-2022- 91
2013 Frank Family Rose Sparkling Wine- Orange zest and cran-pomegranate mark the nose. This has a great tension and salinity. Orange rind, teaberry, and a touch of crab-cherry flavors sit alongside some lively minerality. Balanced and highly poised, this lovely wine is a great pairing for cedar planked salmon. Drink 2018-2022- 91
2015 Frank Family Chardonnay- This golden hued wine opens with a bouquet of brioche, toasty oak and roasted hazelnut. Delicious and layered, this has a silky mouthfeel as the wine delivers white peach, Golden Delicious apple and creme brûlée favors that connect with a good tension. Drink 2018-2024- 92
2015 Frank Family ‘Lewis Vineyard Reserve’ Chardonnay- Even richer hued than their regular bottling, the 2015 Frank Family ‘Lewis Vineyard Reserve’ Chardonnay offers an fantastic aromatic range of butterscotch, toasty oak, marzipan and baking spices. Beautifully textured and ripe, this shows off roasted pineapple, banana, Pink Lady apple and nutmeg flavors alongside nice minerality. The near minute long finish is simply exceptional. Drink 2018-2028- 94
2015 Frank Family Pinot Noir- This gorgeous Pinot Noir starts off with baking spices, red currant, red cheery preserves and a touch of orange rind. The palate is plush and round, as the wine shows off strawberry jam, cherry cola and sassafras flavors that connect with a lively tension. This delicious wine is impossible to put down right now. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2015 Frank Family ‘Lewis Vineyard Reserve’ Pinot Noir- The 2015 ‘Lewis Vineyard Reserve’ Pinot Noir by Frank Family is a show-stopping combination of dark and red fruits. Cola, blackberry, black tea, and black cherry compote flavors impress. The long, dark fruit driven, finish lingers on the tongue. Drink 2018-2028- 93
2014 Frank Family Zinfandel- This deep colored wine starts off with red currant, dusty earth and plum aromatics. The balance and red fruits are gorgeous on the mid-palate. Slighty sweet, this delivers really nice range and poise. Enjoy this great wine over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 91
2014 Frank Family ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon- This inky colored wine begins with aromatics of dusty earth, cigar shavings, black cherry and black olive tapenade. This shows off tremendous depth and poise as the wine delivers rich Hoisin sauce, blackberry pie, milk chocolate and black cherry syrup flavors that marvelously amalgamate with the tension. Rich and decadent, enjoy this great wine over the next twenty years. Drink 2018-2038- 94
2014 Frank Family Petite Sirah- Inky and brooding, the wine needs more than an hour in the decanter to settle. Once aroused it opens with a rich nose of boysenberry liquor, blueberry compote and milk chocolate. The structure and richness to this wine is really inviting as the dense mouthfeel coats the mid-palate. Blackberry cobbler, dark chocolate shavings and roasted fig flavors impress. This is an outstanding effort in a warm vintage. Drink 2018-2028- 93