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Franciscan Oakville Estates
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Franciscan is one of Napa Valley’s most venerable wineries, with a rich history reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style—the rare combination of rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins—from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley’s cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.
St. Helena, CA
Phone: 707-963-7111
Website: http://www.franciscan.com
Appellation: Napa Valley
Tasting Room: Open daily from 10am - 5pm
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2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon is a quintessential Napa Valley Cab. The season provided the ideal combination of cool evenings and warm-cool days. Allowing a slow, even ripening tha ... moret let tannins, sugars and flavors develop in unison. The result of this long hang time is a wine with supple tannins, complexity, intense flavors and excellent overall balance.

Aromas of rich chocolate, coffee, and cassis with notes of mixed dark fruit and raspberry. Extraordinarily rich and mouth-filling, with flavors of cassis, coffee and toasted oak that grace a well-structured body, full of texture with ripe, supple tannins on the lingering finish.

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2002 Chardonnay
Napa Valley

This wine showcases the generous Chardonnay fruit from our Napa Valley vineyards. Rich, ripe and exotic, it strikes a balance of ripe Napa Valley fruit with nuances of sweet oak fr ... moreom 100% barrel fermentation and extended barrel age. Use of wild yeast in a portion of the fermentation and sur lie aging adds layers of complexity.

Notes of peach, pear and apple combined with hints of tropical aromas and toasted nuttiness. Lively and lengthy on the palate with a great body and structure. Mineral notes linger and the finish is crisp, creamy and clean with apple and citrus flavors.

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CAW Rating: 91
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2002 Merlot
Napa Valley

We harvest Merlot from a variety of Napa Valley vineyards, including our own in the heart of the Oakville District. When tannin maturity and flavor development have reached their o ... moreptimum stage the grapes are harvested, and not a moment before. This fanaticism for ripeness is evident in our Merlot, a wine that is plush, elegant and expresses remarkable concentrated fruit flavors with our hallmark supple tannins.

The 2002 vintage was noted for the ideal combination of warm weather and long hang time, which provided perfect conditions for fully ripened fruit. Additionally, slightly lower yields and small berries further enhanced the concentrated flavors in the fruit and ultimately the wine. This is our richest vintage to date.

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2001 Magnificat
Napa Valley

Rich and complex layers of mixed dark cherry, cassis and plum with hints of chocolate, toast and tobacco. Full, round, richly flavored and balanced. Deep, ripe fruit characters wit ... moreh hints of vanilla and spice. Structured and harmonious for long aging. Finishes with rich but soft tannins and sweet mouth feel from the oak.


Updated on November 5, 2007

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Franciscan Oakville Estates at http://www.franciscan.com or calling 707-963-7111 to verify the winery's location.

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