Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. The grapes were grown in Carneros and Napa, in the cool southern section of Napa Valley, which gives bright, vibrant flavors. With time and patience the apple, lychee, and honey flavors reached their peak, and the grapes were gently picked by hand during the cool hours, most often at night.
Franciscan Chardonnay 2013
This Chardonnay is full bodied, yet elegantly structured with delicate mineral, honey, citrus and stone fruit characters from the Carneros lots, and classic pear and apple notes from the South Napa vineyards. The mouthfeel is soft and round; again, a benefit of using wild yeasts. Pale yellow in color. Bright apple and citrus. Floral notes of honeysuckle and tree fruit aromas of white nectarine, Macintosh apple and D’anjou pear. Hints of delicate toasty oak, honey and mineral tones. Fresh, bright and round. Good weight and intensity with a vibrant mouth feel. Flavors of baked pear, apple tart and creaminess fill the palate. Finishes with lingering minerality, hints of pear and citrus, along with crisp acidity.
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Franciscan Merlot 2012
Franciscan’s Merlot grows in the cooler half of Napa Valley, from the winery’s estate in the heart of the Oakville District on south to vineyards in Carneros. These cooler vineyards give more vibrant flavors and denser structure to the wine—two qualities that are critical to growing outstanding Merlot. In the winery, each vineyard block is kept separate through the winemaking process, allowing each lot the time and care necessary to reach its full expression, like a collection of limited release wines. Finally, each small lot is carefully blended to craft Franciscan’s signature style—plush, rich and vibrant, yet with supple tannins and texture.
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Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Franciscan's Sauvignon Blanc is a labor of love. It is a blend of fruit from several Napa Valley sub-appellations, made in small lots using a variety of techniques to give each lot the most appropriate attention.
Perfumed and appealing. The flavors are clean, crisp, and refreshing, with complex layers of Meyer lemon, lime zest, and honeydew. Pale yellow color with enticing aromas of citrus, melon and fig. Fresh and lively. Vibrant, layered flavors of lime, lemongrass and melon with hints of minerality on a crisp, elegant finish.
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