Winston Hill

2016 Rutherford


Deep purple in color, this is a profoundly beautiful wine, powerful yet focused, in addition to lively and fresh. It perfectly captures the beauty of our Rutherford hillside vineyard with textural elegance, fine tannin, and lengthy weight. Integrated oak supports layers of blackberry, espresso, vanilla, and cola, along with underlying acidity.

96+ Points, Wine Advocate

94 Points, Antonio Galloni

94 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

92 Points, James Suckling

  • Vintage2016
  • Wine TypeBordeaux Blend
  • Varietal Composition91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot
  • AppellationRutherford
  • Harvest DateSeptember 20 - September 26, 2016
  • Acid0.66 g/100mL TA
  • PH3.75 pH
  • Alcohol %14.5%

"Finely crafted and mineral laced in the mouth with loads of freshness and a very long, layered finish"

Wine Advocate

" has all the pieces in all of the right places to age famously and show ever-increasing refinement as it does."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

"A delicious 2016 with blackcurrant, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish."

James Suckling

Winston Hill is where Frank Family's story begins. In the late 1980s I was in the middle of my 10-year term as the President of Disney Studios. My life in LA was demanding and I was searching for a place I could escape to. 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. There was already an offer on the property, but Rich made one anyway. When the first offer fell through, the house and vineyard become his.

The land and the vineyards became known as Winston Hill, named for Rich’s black and white English Springer Spaniel, Winston, who loved running through the vines, chasing birds, and protecting the crop.

In 1998 after expanding the Winston Hill vineyard, Frank Family added an exclusive Cabernet blend to our portfolio of wines which bared the vineyard’s name. Today, more than two decades later, the very best fruit from the original 10 acres of Winston Hill still goes into our flagship proprietary red wine blend. This wine represents the pinnacle of everything we strive to achieve in our winemaking practices, made each year with one goal in mind – to make the best wine that is the best expression of our land.

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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.