Wine of The Week: Frank Family 2017 Pinot Noir: 92 Points

Frank Family is celebrating over 25 years in the wine business, a feat owner Rich Frank might not have thought possible given the fierce competition out there. But what their 2017 Carneros Pinot Noir shows is that truly wonderful wines always have an audience. I’ve had Frank Family wines over multiple vintages and they never fail. For this iteration of Pinot the nose is immediate with fresh strawberries, boysenberries and as the wine enters your palate you get that lush, soft red fruit thing: strawberry, raspberry, boysenberry even a touch of lingonberry supported by a tempered acidity. There are back notes of subdued lavender and a hint of cinnamon. Aged just 10 months in about one-third new French Oak means you get the Carneros fruit you’re looking for without masking the fruit with wood. Good thing too as the floral and vibrant clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard were used, making this a bright fruit wine, balanced with soft tannins and mild acidity. To be frank, this is a lovely Pinot Noir. 5,000 cases.

Score: 92 Points

What’s Its SRP? $38/ 750ML 

What Can I Pair it With? Rosemary and garlic crusted lamb chops; Chanterelle risotto; Roasted duck with poached figs.

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Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.

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