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Are you getting disappointed with the wine you are drinking?

Are you beginning to feel that your taste buds or nose is beginning to fail you?

Fear not, you are not alone and you could be a victim of “wine familiarity fatigue.”

Your body gets familiar with certain sensations, such as taste and aroma and begins to anticipate them.

If you have been drinking the same variety of wine by the same producer for some time you are probably the victim of wine familiarity fatigue.

It does happen, and more often than you think.

This affliction is easily remedied by simply changing the brand of wine that you have gotten all too familiar with or move off to a different choice.

As a remedy to this annoying problem, my suggestions are the wines of Frank Family Vineyards.

Frank Family wines are well made with the winemakers concentrating on depth of flavor, aroma and purity.

The Frank Family winemakers carefully monitor the grapes from the flowering of the vines to the picking, crushing and vinifying of the grapes so as to coax the best qualities possible out of the grapes they use.

Frank Family Vineyards 2016 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($38). This is a big, chewy, full-bodied Zinfandel that illustrates exactly what a dry red Zinfandel should be like. The dominant flavor is raspberry, and there is plenty of that. Surrounding the raspberry are the flavors of black cherry, plum, raspberry and black currents all of which carry though to a dynamite full flavored finish. There is also just the right amount of oak to add further interest and complexity along with a dignified amount of tannin, assuring that it can age well over the next few years. I found this wine to be one of the best Zinfandels of the 2016 vintage that I have tasted to date.

Frank Family Vineyards 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($58). Cabernet Sauvignon is one of those wines that can be presented in many guises. This example is a full-bodied wine with a deep ruby color that displays the aromas and flavors of red and black currant, cocoa and blackberry being the most prominent. There are also the flavors of mocha, cedar, oak and vanilla lying quietly in the background adding extra layers of complexity that then leads to an extraordinarily long finish that can only be described as memorable. This wine presents all of the features one seeks in a fine Cabernet Sauvignon.

Frank Family Vineyards 2017 Carneros Pinot Noir ($38). The grapes for this wine come from the Carneros district of the Napa Valley, an area universally acknowledged as producing some of the finest Pinot Noir grapes grown anywhere in the world and that includes the grapes from of Burgundy. The aroma is resplendent with ripe cherries and summer red berries with a background of red licorice, sweet clove, and cherries and oak. There is also a haunting mineral background thst hint of incense that marks this wine as coming from the Carneros district. This wine will definitely revive faded taste buds.

Frank Family Vineyards 2018 Carneros Chardonnay ($38). If you are looking for a touchstone Chardonnay, a wine to compare all other Chardonnay wines by, this wine is it. A fine growing season has endowed this Chardonnay with bold and obvious fruit flavors and aromas. The most noticeable aroma is that of guava followed by Fuji apples intermingled with Bosc pear and vanilla. The flavor stresses the fruits found in the aroma along with melon and hazelnut ending in soft summer fruits and creamy mouth feel. The mineral element that is imparted to grapes grown in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley becomes very obvious with the first sip helping to enhance all the attributes of the wine. This wine is well balanced, and easy to drink. So, being a good American, and not bound by ancient rules, be innovative and serve this wine with whatever you believe it will accompany. I can almost guarantee it will work.

Editor’s note: The prices listed in this column reflect the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Bennet Bodenstein is a wine enthusiast and book author whose column appears in publications throughout the country.

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