Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill Block 5 - Heart Block
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 44
Vintage

2019

Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill Block 5 - Heart Block

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • This wine was born from a single block on our Rutherford estate that rises 500 feet above the Napa Valley floor
  • Rocky and volcanic soils give this 100% varietal wine natural concentration, structure and texture
  • Extensive hand labor lessened yields to produce a rich and concentrated wine of beautiful balance
  • Aging in a single new French oak barrel for nearly 48 months

Our Winston Hill Heart Block is the best expression of our land, of Winston Hill Vineyard, and symbolic of what Rutherford has to offer. Our owner and founder, Rich Frank, acquired what would become Frank Family's estate vineyard in 1990, falling in love with a great old house that came with an original 10 acres of vines planted among the 107-acre lot. Southwest-facing and known to be one of the great vineyards in Rutherford, Rich soon learned what he had, and what he could do with it. Three decades later, the unique terroir of our site has been captured time and time again, and our land has fulfilled its destiny.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Todd Graff

Winemaker, Frank Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Todd Graff

After twenty years of working as a winemaker in every corner of the world, winemaker Todd Graff landed at Calistoga's Frank Family Vineyards in 2003, just an hour drive over the mountains from his hometown of Petaluma. He has yet to look back, and is now also General Manager.

At Frank Family, Graff has applied his deep expertise in making both still and sparkling wines to the portfolio, and has been an integral player in defining Frank Family's reputation as a world-class producer of Napa Valley Cabernet and Chardonnay.

Graff was drawn to winemaking at a young age and signed up for an introductory wine course while attending Santa Rosa Junior College. He then graduated from UC Davis with a degree in plant science and viticulture in 1984.

Upon his graduation, Graff circled the globe working for great producers. He worked in the cellar at Joseph Phelps Vineyards before navigating the steep slate vineyards at Weingut Klaus Schweicher in Mosel, Germany, the sandy soils of Chateau Yon-Figeac in St.-Emilion, France, and the decomposed granite and sandstone loam soils at Arrowfield Estate in Australia's Hunter Valley.

He returned to the Napa Valley in 1987 to work as an assistant winemaker at Stags' Leap Winery, and from 1990-95 was the assistant winemaker and vineyard manager at Schramsberg Vineyards, where he honed his craft in making sparkling wines according to the methode champenoise. During his tenure at Schramsberg, he also served as technical drector and winemaker at Caves Transmontanas in Portugal, a Schramsberg joint venture.

In 1995, Graff joined Cordoniu in Napa (now Artesa) as sparkling winemaker, and in 2000, he joined Sonoma Creek Winery as winemaker, where he cultivated strategic relationships with grape growers and was a key component of the winery's executive management team. Under his leadership, Sonoma Creek's production increased by 30%.

Graff is a member of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and the Napa Valley Vineyard Technical Group. When he's not at the winery with his chocolate Labrador, Bristol, in tow, he enjoys spending time with his three children and coaches their Little League teams. He is also an avid mountain biker and fly-fisherman.

Country born: United States

Education: Graff was drawn to winemaking at a young age and signed up for an introductory wine course while attending Santa Rosa Junior College. He then graduated from UC Davis with a degree in plant science and viticulture in 1984.



Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Make balanced wines that best express our vineyard sites.

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Premiere Napa Valley 2021 Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Frank Family Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Winston Hill Block 5 - Heart Block 25
Markham 2019 Red Wine Napa Valley The Character 25
PEJU 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford The Main Event 25
Rombauer Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Le Meilleur du Chai 25
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