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Franciscan Oakville Estates

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 optimum 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.

Rating: 91
This wine was delicious. It had a very smooth finish and had flavors of blackberry. I really enjoyed this wine.
Reviewed by: Jason

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