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Frias Family Vineyard

Frias Family Vineyard Traditionally, in Mexico, the town squares resembled Spanish styled plazas. At night, all the boys walked in one direction around the town square while the girls, seeming not to notice the boys, walked in the opposite direction. That is where my mother first caught my father's eye. He handed her a flower as she passed by as was the traditional way to initiate courtship. He would go to her parents' house and sit outside and talk through an open window. There were strict rules as she wasn't allowed to do this until she finished the after dinner chores. In the late 40's, a cousin, who married an English sailor based in San Francisco, invited my parents to move in. My grandfather had moved to Utah in the 1890's although they retuned to Mexico some years later. After nearly 20 years though, my grandfather moved back to Mexico to farm. However, Dad involved himself in small town politics and was eventually elected Mayor. Unfortunately, unlike our current political system, when his views were no longer agreed upon by a faction of the town my parents quickly moved back to America fearing their lives. My father first worked at Chesterfield Cigarettes but eventually found his way back to San Francisco and worked in exports, for Schlage Lock Co. As a result of my fathers run in with politics, I was fortunate to grow up in San Francisco. During college there, a Spanish/Basque friend introduced me to the joys of Napa Valley wines. We would often make a day trip to visit the Napa Valley and taste wine at Beaulieu, Beringer and Heitz (at that time Heitz Cabernet sold for $3.00/bottle) I remembered being blinded by the beauty of the valley and the romance of the small wine industry. At that time, I made a promise to someday own land in the Napa Valley. Soon, another beauty caught my eye, this time it wasn't a piece of land, but a young woman, in a memorable blue coat. We first met at a wedding, but that was hardly the place to initiate courtship as we both were with other dates. I then noticed Maria at church on several occasions, and worked up the courage to follow her out the door after one Sunday's sermon. I walked and talked with her along the way to her house only to get a door shut in my face. Undaunted I spent three more months of initiating conversation before finally we became friends. Six months after, I proposed and, I received my answer, "yes"! Of this experience and the pursuit of having my own vineyard, I have to say, that neither this courtship nor getting into the wine business are for the feint at heart. Never give up on the pursuit of an impossible dreams!


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3125 North St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA, US, 94574 Email:
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  1994 Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Intense, bold, fruit forward, concentrated and age worthy Powerful, Blackberry-currant Flavors
  1995 Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Jammy flavors, Firm tannin Structure, Aromas of Currant, Very Dark and Concentrated.
  1996 Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Invigorating acidity, Peculiar, good structure, Big Mountain Fruit, Our only wine with 2% Merlot
  Frias Family Vineyard Cabernet
2002 Frias Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain-Aromas of dried black currant, just ripe black skinned/red flesh plums, and ripe cherries are complemented by hints of wet stone and spearmint. On the palate the wine is tightly wound, with a solid tannin structure and balancing acidity. The second sip fills the mouth with the wines bounty of fruit. The spice and earth characteristics come through on the long finish. While the wine is showing well now, several years in the bottle will reveal the wine's true complexity and lushness.
  Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
A great Spring Mountain hillside cabernet sauvignon this wine displays a deep ruby colored with wonderful berry fruit and a velvety texture. Superb balance of acidity and soft tannins make this wine enjoyable now but will continue to improve with age.
  Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep velvety red color, bright fruit and fresh, with raspberry, cherry flavors and licorice, tar and tobacco. This is a full-bodied bold wine with very fresh clean fruit character and quite vibrant in the mouth. The tannins are mature and well integrated.
  Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Big &intense fruit flavor- showing lots of dill and coconut-scented oak, a Monster of a wine.
  Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasty core of red cherry and plum fruit in direct style. Soft, supple and ready to drink.
  Frias Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Very dark, rich, loaded with plush currant, black cherry, blackberry and spicy floral nuances. “Shows off a dose of mocha-scented oak on the finish.”
  Frias Family Vineyard Merlot
Frias Family Vineyard Napa valley Merlot shows a deep red color, bright lively fruit with vibrant notes of vanilla, cherry and cranberry. The wine also shows a distinctive aromatic element described as piney, cedar and exotic spice. The wine shows an excellent structure and intensity. Its medium body and lean with a lingering spicy after taste.


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