Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Franciscan Wines - a Napa Valley Legacy

Franciscan has been a Napa Valley legacy for over 35 years, inviting visitors along Hwy 29 to stop in for a taste of fine Napa Valley wines.  Each of the talented winemakers over this period, including current winemaker Janet Myers, has left their mark on Franciscan through innovation and commitment to small-lot winemaking.  Janet Myers joined Franciscan in 2003, and was appointed Director of Winemaking in September 2005. “In the heart of Napa Valley, the Franciscan estate vineyards are the perfect place for me to explore Cabernet and its nuances.  I love the body and texture of Cab, how it has layers of intensity and richness, but with such finesse when you get it right.”

Bordeaux varietals do very well on the Franciscan estate where the dry-farmed, clay loam soils and medium to high-density plantings result in wines of great structures, flavors and textures.  The latest two releases, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Merlot are the epitome of what Napa Valley can deliver for a reasonable price. 

The 2007 Franciscan Estate Merlot has been known as a Cab lovers Merlot and has a nice ruby red color with abundant aromas of dark and red plums, cherry and strawberry plus vanilla with a touch of smoky oak.   On the palate these same flavors shine through with a supple elegant mouthfeel.  The acids and tannins are nicely balance and deliver the flavors of plum strawberry, cherry, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, vanilla and cocoa.  This leads to a very nice finish.  The suggested price is only $21.

The 2008 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet color and great aromas of plum and blackberry with vanilla and baking spices.  As you taste this wine you will love the flavors of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry with a touch of chocolate and various spices including cinnamon, clove and allspice.  The flavors and tannins lead on to a long finish.

For more information:  Franciscan Estate

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