2017 Rutherford


The 2017 Patriarch is the sixth vintage in an incredible lineage of wine. It is a symphony of structure and sophistication, with luxurious layers of crème de cassis, spiced plums, leather, and roasted espresso beans. The palate is full-bodied and plush in feel with seamless, well-integrated tannins and extraordinary length.

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

96 Points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

95+ Points, Wine Advocate

2017 Patriarch bottleshot
  • Vintage2017
  • Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • AppellationRutherford
  • Harvest DateSeptember 22-23, 2017
  • Acid0.64 g/100ml TA
  • PH3.66
  • Alcohol %14.5%

“This deep purple-hued beauty boasts stunning black and blue fruits interwoven with notions of cedar pencil, tobacco, vanilla, and graphite. Rich, full-bodied, and incredibly complete on the palate, it has ripe tannins, integrated acidity, and a big finish.”

Jeb Dunnuck

“The deepest, most extracted of the winery’s very impressive Cabernet portfolio. It is simply brimming with intense, fully ripe fruit and, though lavishly oaked, keeps its sights fixed first and last on the very pure, cassis-like qualities expected of a serious Cabernet.”

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

“Super-intense black currant, plum preserves, cedar and espresso on the nose with notions of aged meats, pencil lead and truffles. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated with firm, grainy tannins and a lively line, finishing long and layered.”

Wine Advocate

I presented the debut 2012 vintage of Patriarch to my dad on his 98th birthday. Our family gathered in Brentwood, California for the occasion. I’m still not sure who was more excited, me or him, but it’s something I will never forget.

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.