RHF Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Rutherford


Named in honor of Frank Family’s owner and founder Richard Harvey Frank, the second vintage of RHF is a complex and savory wine that comes from our estate vineyards in the heart of the Rutherford appellation. Bold, full bodied and textured it shines in toasted oak, blackberries, and punches of cinnamon and classic Rutherford dust. Dark chocolate lingers around ripe currant and a subtle hint of vanilla on the endless finish.

92 Points, Wine Advocate

91 Points, Antonio Galloni

91 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

  • Vintage2017
  • VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
  • Varietal Composition97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
  • AppellationRutherford
  • Harvest DateSeptember 23 - October 7, 2017
  • Acid0.62 g/100ml TA
  • PH3.68 pH
  • Alcohol %14.5%

"Full, firm and grainy, the palate offers bright freshness, finishing long and layered."

Wine Advocate

"Soft, supple and easygoing - all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years."

Antonio Galloni

"Frank Family’s RHF is a supple, near-succulent, very deep effort that is already showing a great deal to like."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

We wanted to create something special and I thought what is more special than Richard H. Frank? All of our vineyards are named after our grandchildren and our dogs, so it was time to have a wine named after the man who started it all.

The story of Frank Family Vineyards began almost by accident. It was the late 1980s and Rich was in the middle of his 10-year term as the President of Disney Studios. Rich's life in LA was demanding and he was searching for a place he could escape to. He needed a place close enough but one that felt worlds away. 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. The views were unparalleled, the house was stunning. Rich knew instantly this was the perfect spot for his Napa getaway. But fate had other plans for him, or so it seemed. A more attractive offer was accepted, and Rich knew he lost something special.

Months had gone by and he agonized over what he had lost. Then late one night, Rich received an unexpected call letting him know that the Rutherford property had fallen out of escrow. This time he was not going to lose it.

The land and the vineyards became known as Winston Hill, named for Rich's English Springer Spaniel, Winston, who loved running through the vines, chasing birds and protecting the crop. Now almost 30 years later, Winston Hill is Rich and Leslie’s permanent home. It is also the heart of our Cabernet program at Frank Family Vineyards and is the birthplace of the newest wine in the Frank Family collection, the RHF Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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.