Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 85
Vintage

2014

Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • From the Heart Block (the best) on Rich Frank’s hillside estate in Rutherford
  • Rising 500 feet above the valley floor, the soil is made up of well-drained volcanic deposits and sandstone
  • Extensive hand labor lessens yields to produce a rich and concentrated wine of beautiful balance
  • This vineyard is our crown jewel, consistently producing the most delicious fruit we’ve tasted

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. Your Premiere Napa Valley wine is from the Heart Block, the best block on Frank Family’s hillside estate in Rutherford. Rising 500 feet above the valley floor, the soil is made up of well-drained volcanic deposits and sandstone. Extensive hand labor lessens yields to produce a rich and concentrated wine of beautiful balance. This vineyard is the crown jewel of the Frank Family estate, receiving some of the longest hours of sunshine in the valley and producing the most delicious fruit, year after year.


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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2304 Main Street
Daphne  AL  36526
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