Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill Block 5 (Heart Block)
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 106
Vintage

2011

Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill Block 5 (Heart Block)

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Winston Hill Vineyard is on the east side of Rutherford along the Vaca mountains. This 25-acre hand-terraced parcel was last replanted in 1991 to Cabernet Sauvignon, plus small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Rising 500 feet above the valley floor, its soil consists of well-drained, volcanic deposits and sandstone, and its southwest exposure offers a high radiant value. Warm days give way to cool nights with soft breezes. Meticulous canopy management maintains yields to produce rich, concentrated wines. Each year for Premiere Napa Valley, winemaker Todd Graff crafts a barrel from his favorite Cabernet vines in the Heart Block, for a rich wine with beautifully integrated flavors of blueberries and chocolate.


Aging Process

24 months in 75% new French oak barrels and 25% once filled French oak barrels

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

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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