Frias Family Vineyard

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

2014 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 18 | Lot No. 113
Vintage

2012

Frias Family Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • From our 5-acre vineyard in St. Helena featuring 27-year-old vines
  • Planted by Manuel Frias, Sr. and sons
  • This beautiful wine was hand-harvested, sorted three times and placed in French oak to age gracefully for 22 months
  • Our winemaker selected this barrel sourced from the middle of the vineyard that traditionally provides the most flavor and aging ability

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.56
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Todd Heth

Winemaker, Frias Family Vineyard

Winemaker, Todd Heth

Todd gained a passion for wine while working as a journalist in Hungary and traveling through Europe. Instead of buying a small vineyard as a hobby, he returned to his native California to pursue a degree in viticulture and enology at Fresno State University, doing work and research at the university and regional vineyards and then moving to Napa Valley. He began in the cellar and lab as an intern at Cuvaison Estate Wines, eventually assuming the role of associate winemaker and working with a number of smaller producers in custom production and consulting, from the vineyard through to sales. He is also the winemaker for Fairwinds Estate Winery and Valley Floor Vineyard.

Country born: United States

Education: Post-baccalaureate degree in Viticulture and Enology at Fresno State University; Wine Spectator and American Society of Enology and Viticulture scholarship winner; Work in Hungary and travel to various European wine regions; I try to learn from all those around me and who I encounter in the wine world

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Work to get the best grapes possible, and handle them as gently as possible at the winery. Ideally, the grapes have ripe tannins without high sugars, and retain good fruit intensity and an acid backbone without being jammy.

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