In 1977, the Frias Family purchased 100 acres in the iconic Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley. They planted just 5 acres in 1985 and launched FRIAS Family Vineyard with their first vintage in 1987. FRIAS now has 13 acres of hillside vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. They source premium fruit from Oakville & Yountville AVAs. Second generation brothers Fernando and Manny Frias Jr. are at the helm of this artisanal family winery. Todd Heth has been their winemaker since 2004.
The Spring Mountain District (SMD) Cabernet Sauvignon is Frias' flagship wine, receiving consistent high scores and accolades.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2018 SMD Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with ripe black and red cherries, lilacs, dark chocolate and liquorice notes plus hints of cedar and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, fresh, finely grained and elegant, the palate offers a great intensity of crunchy black and red fruits, finishing long and fragrant.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck A smoking value in Napa Valley Cabernet, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon SMD is all varietal and was brought up a mix of new and used barrels. With full-bodied richness, moderate acidity, and a wonderful sense of purity, it has a distinct floral, exotic (which is textbook Spring Mountain) edge in its red and blue fruits, bay leaf, and foresty aromas and flavors. It’s up with the best Napa Cabernets under $100.