Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 57
Vintage

2016

Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • This unique Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 25-year-old-vines in the Heart Block of the Winston Hill Vineyard
  • Rising 500 feet above the valley, the soil is made of well-drained volcanic deposits and sandstone
  • Extensive hand labor lessens the yields to produce a rich, concentrated wine of beautiful balance
  • Characteristic blueberry and chocolate flavors integrate over 24 months in 75% new French oak

Frank Family Vineyards is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Winston Hill estate in Rutherford, home to Rich and Leslie Frank and the incredible vineyard, is where it all began. This 25-acre hand-terraced parcel was last replanted in 1991. Winemaker Todd Graff made a one-of-a-kind barrel from his favorite Cabernet vines in the Heart Block, resulting in a very special wine.


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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1401 Willow Pass Road
Suite 900
Concord  CA  94520
925-609-6081

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