Frank Family Pinot Noir 2016
The foundation for the 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir is Frank Family's Lewis Vineyard, located in the heart of Napa-Carneros, near the shores of the San Pablo Bay. It is made up of 78 acres planted on gently rolling hills, with 68 acres planted to Chardonnay and 10 acres planted to Pinot Noir. The predominant maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates the cool temperature, fog and wind that make Carneros ideally suited for growing cool climate varietals. The Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow and dense clay loam soils, receiving only 20 inches of rainfall annually. The restricting soils result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity. The wine has a beautiful ruby color. Generous aromas of ripe black cherries and plums emerge from the glass. On the palate, the wine is extremely well integrated, bright and balanced with flavors of red licorice, sweet clove, earth and cherries.