Wine of the Day: Frank Family Pinot Noir; meet Brian Hosmer at Michigan wine event

To my readers: The Wine of the Day feature in my virtual wine cellar has fallen prey to hackers and for now must be displayed in the regular blog space.


Frank Family Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir 2011, $35

This is lush, ripe Pinot Noir you can chew. The aromas say it all: dried cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and the smoke and spice off fine oak barrels. In the mouth it has weight, intense flavors, fine grain tannins — almost a brandylike quality. It’s fleshy and seductive.

Owner Rich Frank is a former Disney exec who now runs his own entertainment company, Prospect Park, which just announced a deal to revive “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” on The Online Network. Sons Darryl Frank and Paul Frank are also in the entertainment industry.

The winery is located at the former Kornell Champagne Cellars on the site of historic Larkmead Winery in Calistoga. Rich Frank’s deep roots in the Disney TV business are amazing. Even beyond Disney, he is a TV phenom. Meet Rich.

Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $49.75

Frank winemaker Todd Graff makes a Cab that’s like a pure essence. It’s packed to the seams with cassis, ripe plum and dark chocolate notes laced with spicy, smoky, leathery scents of oak. The palate is lush, flavors are spicy and robust, tannins are silken. And yes, this deep purple monster will give you Zombie Teeth!


The Michigan Wine Showcase tasting is April 15, at the Rattlesnake in Detroit. Catch the details in yesterday’s blog.

Brian Hosmer, shown at last year's Showcase, makes wine at Chateau Chantal and is the winemaker at Old Mission's new Hawthorne Vineyards. (Photo by Sandra Silfven)

Brian Hosmer, shown at last year’s Showcase, makes wine at Chateau Chantal and is the winemaker at Old Mission’s new Hawthorne Vineyards. (Photo by Sandra Silfven)