2013 Rutherford


The 2013 Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the best rows of vines on Rich and Leslie Frank's personal hillside Estate vineyard Winston Hill in Rutherford, deep ruby in color. It offers a beautiful bouquet of aromas, including blackberry, black cherry, cedar, cloves, and a hint of cocoa. While full bodied and powerful, it's also friendly on the palate with flavors of juicy plums and an elegant mouthfeel with high tannins. The finish leaves a long and lasting impression with a subtle freshness — very debonair.

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95 pts-RobertParker
94 pts-Connoisseurs Guide
93-pts-Wine Enthusiast

Patriarch wine
  • Vintage2013
  • Wine TypeRed Wine
  • VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
  • Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • AppellationRutherford
  • Harvest DateOctober 1 - 3, 2013
  • Acid0.59 g/100ml TA
  • PH3.72
  • Alcohol %14.5

The wine itself is beautiful, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, blackberry fruit, a gentle touch of toasty oak, and a full-bodied mouthfeel, but with freshness, purity and overall elegance and delicacy. This is a beauty and should continue to evolve for another 20-25 years.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Patriarch is incredibly important to not only me, but to who Frank Family Vineyards is.

We released Patriarch in 2015, an award-winning, limited-release Cabernet Sauvignon, made with grapes sourced from the Winston Hill vineyard in Rutherford, and in honor of Rich Frank's 98-year-old father and World War II veteran, Hy Frank. He's a man who lived his life expecting no more than what his own efforts brought, and after the war, Hy returned to his family in Brooklyn, New York, where he founded Heide Meat Company. For 30 years, he successfully operated the company to provide the means to send his first son, Rich, to university. Rich later developed an incredibly successful career in entertainment, thanks in great part to his father's dedication, values, and hard work. Rich presented the first release of Patriarch to his father on his 98th birthday, and with it, we honor all veterans.

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Our Reserve collection includes only small-batch, single-vineyard wines, ranging from 300 cases to 3,000, sourced from our Winston Hill, Lewis, S&J, and Benjamin Vineyards. We also seek out some of the best single-vineyard sites in Napa Valley and have been known to make incredibly unique Cabernets, Pinots, and blends from these exquisite sites.