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Franciscan Estate

Franciscan Estate's Oakville vineyard, planted in 1972

Profile: Franciscan has been a fixture on the Napa Valley horizon for over three decades. The winery began as a producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, concentrating on making wine from small lots of grapes blended after fermentation. This interest in blending led the winery to introduce their first Bordeaux blend in 1985 and it was a turning point that truly put Franciscan on the international map. Today the winery produces Cab, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well as their two most acclaimed wines: the aforementioned Bordeaux blend and a wild fermented Chardonnay called Cuvée Sauvage.

Franciscan Estate 2007 Chardonnay Cuvee Sauvage

2007 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay
Varietal/Style: Chardonnay
Carneros, CA
Vintage: 2007
Winemaker: Elias Fernandez
Rating: 14.5/20
Retail Price: $40

Tasting Notes:
The 2007 Cuvée Sauvage is made from cool climate Carneros fruit. On the nose, the wine offers pear, lemon, toast and honey aromas. In the mouth, a rich blend of pear, honey and toasted marshmallow is cut by citrus acidity and a faint mineral note on the finish. The wine has an attractively oily texture and nice weight. It will pair well with turkey and all the trimmings but is full-bodied enough to also work with lamb shank, fatty tuna or seared duck. The Chard's toasty notes would also make a fine counterpoint to baked brie.

Wine of the Week November 15, 2010:
2007 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay

Other Franciscan Estate wines we have tasted:
2002 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay
2006 Magnificat
2006 Merlot
2007 Sauvignon Blanc
2008 Magnificat
2009 Chardonnay
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

1178 Galleron Road
St. Helena, CA 94574

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