Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill Block 5 Heart Block
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 69
Vintage

2017

Frank Family Vineyards

Winston Hill Block 5 Heart Block

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • From the Heart Block on Rich Frank’s hillside estate in Rutherford
  • 500 feet above the valley floor, the soil is composed 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

Rising 500 feet above the valley floor in the Rutherford nested appellation, "Winston Hill" is Rich Frank’s original estate vineyard, named for his beloved English Springer Spaniel, Winston. This prized vineyard is located on Rich and Leslie Frank’s 107-acre estate, on the east side of the Napa Valley along the Vaca Mountains. The hand-terraced vine rows have southwestern exposure providing extended hours of sunshine in the valley. The combination of prolonged sun exposure with well-drained, volcanic soil, leads to grapes of extraordinary concentration. This 100 percent variety and vineyard-designate wine hails from the Heart Block of Winston Hill, the best of our best. This unique wine has been aged in 75 percent new French oak for nearly 48 months.


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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