2016 Rutherford


The 2016 Patriarch is powerfully concentrated, layering its espresso, blackberry, and chocolate notes with toast and oak. Luxuriously textured and silky smooth, the Patriarch is plush and full-bodied on the palate with seamless and well-integrated tannins. It is the fifth vintage of an incredible wine made from the very best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that grow on our Winston Hill Vineyard. It is a wine that proves to drink expressively and generously today but is also worthy of long-term cellaring.

97 Points, Wine Advocate

96 Points, Antonoi Galloni

95 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

95 Points, American Fine Wine Competition

94 Points, James Suckling

  • Vintage2016
  • Wine TypeRed Wine
  • VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
  • Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • AppellationRutherford
  • Harvest DateSeptember 23 - 26, 2016
  • Acid0.63 g/100ml TA
  • PH3.72 pH
  • Alcohol %14.5%

"Full bodied with poise and finesse, the palate features red and black fruit layers and very fine-grained tannins, finishing perfumed and polished."

Wine Advocate

"Inky and explosive in the glass, the 2016 offers tremendous depth to match its layered personality. Blueberry jam, lavender, mint and sweet spice all develop in the glass…"

Antonio Galloni

"It is a wine of measured richness and meticulous crafting that hangs on and on at the finish..."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

"Beautiful blueberry and blackberry aromas with hints of stones follow through to a medium body, integrated tannins and a pretty compliment of dark fruit."

James Suckling

I worked for my dad’s company on the weekends in high school, and the other guys always said I had it easy because my shift started at 5:30 in the morning. They all started their day at 3:30 am.

Born in Brooklyn in 1916, Hy Frank pursued a career as a minor league baseball player, hoping to join the Dodgers on Ebbets Field one day, before the call to serve his country ended that dream. Enlisting in the War effort in 1942, when his son Rich was just ten months old, Hy served as an infantryman and medical supply driver in France until his return after the war’s end in 1947. Upon returning to New York, Hy found work as a butcher, and eventually opened his own meatpacking company Heide Meat Co. with his friend Gus in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Hy’s company serviced the restaurants and local grocery stores in New York City for over 30 years. Hy Frank’s determination, work ethic and commitment to family lay the foundation that Rich and Leslie Frank have built their winery on, and with this very special Cabernet, we not only honor the memory of one special man, the Patriarch of the Frank Family, but we honor the notion that those who have come before us, and who have struggled against adversity; who have sacrificed so we may have a better life, and enjoy the freedom we have; those men and women are all our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Let us honor them always.

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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, Pinot Noirs, and other blends from these exquisite sites.