Review: Frank Family Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Zinfandel

Frank Family Napa Valley Zinfandel

Frank Family’s spring releases are upon us. Thoughts on two new wines follow.

2014 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros – A traditional chardonnay but a very well made one, loaded with fresh fruit up front, but tempered with brown butter, vanilla, and a touch of cloves. The body is bold, the finish lengthy, the overall wine fairly well balanced and quite approachable on its own. It shines alongside food, however. A- / $25

2013 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley – At first nearly overblown with fruit, eventually this Napa zin settles down into a groove of dark chocolate and pushy currants. It’s still a bit of a blazer, but it’s balanced enough if paired with a hearty meal — on its own the alcohol and powerful sugar level tend to dominate the palate to the point of fatigue. Still, the expressive fruit and punchy body remain reasonably worthwhile. B+ / $30

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