Frank Family 2020 Carneros Chardonnay


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Score: 92AG
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Alcohol: 14.4%

Tasting Notes

“This wine is perfumed in brioche and baked apple, with seasonings of nutmeg and vanilla. It opens in a rich, full-bodied concentration of citrus and white peach and evolves on the palate to show structure and depth. Bright acidity lifts hints of toasted oak, maintaining a fresh and plush finish.”

Winemaker Notes

“As with all my wines, I am looking for texture and complexity. To achieve this, I practice a long cold fermentation and then put the wine through partial malolactic fermentation to soften the overall high acidity. While aging, I employ batonage (hand-stirring the lees) regularly to promote depth and longevity in the wine.”


“Sourced primarily from our estate Lewis Vineyard as well as neighboring Beckstoffer Vineyards located in Napa-Carneros and Sangiacomo Vineyards located in Sonoma-Carneros, among others.”


“Barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once and 33% twice-filled French oak barrels for 9 months.”

92 Points Antonio Galloni – “Frank Family’s 2020 Chardonnay (Carneros) is a very pretty wine done in a fresh, airy style that is hugely appealing. Orchard fruit, lemon peel, mint and white pepper lend brightness. Understated and elegant, the Carneros Chardonnay is a winner. Best After 2021”


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