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We Speak Wine USD 22.99 750ml

Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Member Review by Tomoharu Yahagi:

After opening it's so good.

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Region: USA » California » Napa

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Snooth User: Tomoharu Yahagi
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Vintage: 2013 07/16/2016

After opening it's so good.


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Source: We Speak Wine
10/25/2017

Sensory evaluation: Appearance: Deep ruby Aromas: Pretty and complex with layers of ripe, juicy blackberry that weave together with savory notes of black peppercorn and rosemary into a multi-faceted and beautiful nose. Flavors: Dense and dark with layers of dark forest fruits, anise, and toasty notes of oak and baking spice. Rich and well-structured with a generous mouthfeel and supple tannins. Finishes long and smooth with flavors of black currant. Winemaker’s notes: At Franciscan Estate, 200 individual lots of red wine are made during the vintage, each representing a unique combination of vineyard block and barrel type. This is our winemaking philosophy—crafting small lots to capture the best expression of the grapes each year. The Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a very special blend to make because it allows us to choose some of our favorite lots of the vintage that show outstanding richness and personality and create a unique, limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon blend. —Janet Myers, Winemaker Growing season: 2014 was another early harvest for Napa Valley. Another low-rainfall year led to excellent flavor intensity and beautiful ripeness in the fruit. The winter started off very dry with no rain in December, January, or February. Near the end of March and into the first part of April, we received a good dose of rain that started the vines growing with ample water in the root zone. Throughout a majority of the season the ripening conditions were text book normal. The Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend was selected from a vineyard in Oak Knoll that we have been sourcing fruit from for over 15 years. The vineyard, on the west side of the valley, gives us outstanding density with supple, fine-grain tannins. This Clone 4 block of Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on October 4 and blended with Merlot from just north of the Cabernet Sauvignon block, also in Oak Knoll, as well as a touch of Petit Verdot off of our Oakville Estate vineyard. Each varietal gives added layers of depth and richness to this wine. Varietal Composition: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot Fermentation: Pre-fermentation cold soak of four days to enhance color and body. Fermentation and maceration averaging 22 days to build structure and integrate mouthfeel. Aging: 20 months in small French oak barrels; 94% once-used French oak and 6% new French oak. pH: 3.76 TA: 6 g/L Alcohol: 14.5%


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Vintage: 2013 12/18/2015

Franciscan Estate was founded over thirty years ago by Augustin Heneeus. Located in the heart of Napa Valley the estate owns over 200 acres of vines right in the Oakville AVA. It’s no wonder their wines are consistently fine and often outstanding. From the outstanding 2013 vintage, this wine is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Syrah. It aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. All of the estates vineyard blocks were harvested and fermented separately before the final blend was made. This sleek Napa Cab shows a rich texture and ripe fruit flavors of Black cherry, black currants, mocha and dark chocolate. It has a good backbone for aging but it's so appealing now you may not want to wait.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 10/19/2016

Sensory evaluation: Appearance: Deep garnet Aromas: Lovely plum nose and rich fruit with layers of complexity. Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco, and leather envelop the fruit. Flavors: Ripe entry of cherries and cassis showcases a full, well-structured palate. Textured and rich, the mouthfeel is balanced and generous showing layers of ripe berries, black pepper, mocha, and spice. A very long finish that leads you to another sip. Winemaker’s notes: Over three decades ago, Justin Meyer took over the winemaking at Franciscan Estate with a highly meticulous approach. Dividing our Oakville Estate into sections, he fermented and aged each vineyard block separately to bring out the best expression of each lot, then blended the best lots together to create wines of distinction. Thus began our tradition of small-lot winemaking, which I am proud to continue today. Each vintage, we make over 200 separate lots of Bordeaux varietals, honing the blend during 18 months of barrel aging. Only the finest lots are included in each glass of Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, to show the best of the vineyards and the vintage. — Janet Myers, Winemaker Varietal Composition: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot 1% Syrah Barrel Aging: 20 months in small oak barrels; 20% new pH: 3.74 TA: 6.1g/L Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2013 12/09/2015

Franciscan Estate was founded over thirty years ago by Augustin Heneeus. Located in the heart of Napa Valley the estate owns over 200 acres of vines right in the Oakville AVA. It’s no wonder their wines are consistently fine and often outstanding. From the outstanding 2013 vintage, this wine is a blend of



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