RHF Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Rutherford


Named in honor of Frank Family’s owner and founder Richard Harvey Frank, the inaugural vintage of RHF offers soft silky black fruit and punches of cinnamon and classic Rutherford dust. Beautifully layered, structured and brightly vibrant, it has impressive coaxings of cedar and a rich hint of blackberries. The structure and mouthfeel are firm and dry, with well-articulated tannins, leading to an endless finish.

93 Points, Wine Advocate

Bottle of 2016 RHF Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage2016
  • VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
  • Varietal Composition98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
  • AppellationRutherford
  • Harvest DateSeptember 20 - October 10, 2016
  • Acid0.64 g/100ml TA
  • PH3.68 pH
  • Alcohol %14.5%

“Firm and savory in the mouth with a good concentration of muscular fruit and a savory finish."

Wine Advocate
Rich holding a glass of his namesake wine in a dimly lit room

We wanted to create something special and I thought what is more special than Richard H. Frank? All of our vineyards are named after our grandchildren and our dogs, so it was time to have a wine named after the man who started it all.

The story of Frank Family Vineyards began almost by accident. It was the late 1980s and Rich was in the middle of his 10-year term as the President of Disney Studios. Rich's life in LA was demanding and he was searching for a place he could escape to. He needed a place close enough but one that felt worlds away. Napa Valley was calling.

After a few years of traveling to Napa Valley, an opportunity presented itself. There was a 1930s Tudor home on a hillside vineyard for sale in Rutherford. The views were unparalleled, the house was stunning. Rich knew instantly this was the perfect spot for his Napa getaway. But fate had other plans for him, or so it seemed. A more attractive offer was accepted, and Rich knew he lost something special.

Months had gone by and he agonized over what he had lost. Then late one night, Rich received an unexpected call letting him know that the Rutherford property had fallen out of escrow. This time he was not going to lose it.

The land and the vineyards became known as Winston Hill, named for Rich's English Springer Spaniel, Winston, who loved running through the vines, chasing birds and protecting the crop. Now almost 30 years later, Winston Hill is Rich and Leslie’s permanent home. It is also the heart of our Cabernet program at Frank Family Vineyards and is the birthplace of the newest wine in the Frank Family collection, the RHF Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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.