I am always up for bubbles, especially when they taste as delicious as this one! Housed in the historic Larkmead Winery established initially in 1884, Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards signature sparkling wine, Frank Family Blanc de Blancs ($55) showcases Carneros grown Chardonnay revealing a delicate, elegant, sophisticated sparkler with character.
Cool-climate Carneros, the home of some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit in the region, creates the ideal micro-climate to grow the Chardonnay to create a wine with bright freshness and acidity, necessary in any sparkling wine. Frank Family’s Lewis Vineyard, where the fruit for the 100% Chardonnay bubbly is grown, delivers very low-yields of its fruit, creating concentration in the textured wine.
Crafted in the traditional method of Champagne, with four years of bottle aging en triage (on the lees/yeasts) gives the wine richness, melding with a crushed stone mineral note, juicy orchard fruit, citrus, blanched almond, and cream. A beautiful wine to enjoy on its own to begin a dinner party with friends, especially as we begin to safely gather for holiday parties and celebrations. Buy a few, or consider the winery’s holiday gift set, including their red berry, tangerine, and toasted spice, Brut Rose and exceptional Lady Edythe Reserve Brut (named for owner, Rich Frank’s mother) for $230. That is the way to start the holidays! #cheers