The 2013 Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the best rows of vines on Rich and Leslie Frank's personal hillside Estate vineyard Winston Hill in Rutherford, deep ruby in color. It offers a beautiful bouquet of aromas, including blackberry, black cherry, cedar, cloves, and a hint of cocoa. While full bodied and powerful, it's also friendly on the palate with flavors of juicy plums and an elegant mouthfeel with high tannins. The finish leaves a long and lasting impression with a subtle freshness — very debonair.
Wine Advocate 95 - The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch (I believe this is the first time I’ve tasted this wine) is an homage to the founder of Frank Family Vineyards who is 99 years of age, and had quite a life as indicated by the back label. I highly recommend reading the label should you buy a bottle. The wine itself is beautiful, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, blackberry fruit, a gentle touch of toasty oak, and a full-bodied mouthfeel, but with freshness, purity and overall elegance and delicacy. This is a beauty and should continue to evolve for another 20-25 years.
Wine Enthusiast 93 - This is a 100% varietal wine, aged nearly two years in 75% new French oak and treated like a king. It responds in kind, rewarding the palate with smoothly voluptuous characteristics of red currant, anise and clove, its tannin and oak supportive and integrated and its finish lengthy. This wine should have years to go in the cellar; drink now through 2023. Cellar Selection
James Suckling 92 - A rich and chewy red with blueberry and blackberry character. This is a more extracted style with full tannins that turn slightly rustic, yet the wine is fun and appealing. Drink in 2018.
Wine Spectator 92 - For now, this delivers a taut, narrow band of dried berry, currant, lead pencil and charry oak notes that cloak the fruity core in tannins and extracted berry flavors. Though slowly shedding its backward density, this is a long way from hitting its stride. Best from 2020 through 2034