Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Rutherford 2013
WA94: The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. This has a more saturated purple color, a glorious extract and richness, built with a solid inner core of essence that is pure, dark and impressive. Some dusty/loamy undertones are present, but the dark blackberry and cassis fruit dominate this full-bodied beauty. It still has tannins to shed, but this wine should hit its peak in another 5-7 years and last a quarter-century or more.
VM94: The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve is super-expressive today. Raspberry jam, mocha, plums and dark spices flesh out in a forward, opulent wine with tons of immediacy, especially for the year. Polished, silky tannins only add to the wine's allure. The Rutherford Reserve is a surprisingly open, succulent Cabernet that can be enjoyed upon release.