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We Speak Wine USD 15.99 750ml

Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014

Member Review by RandyFisher:

Unchanged. Aromatic, ripely fruity and overoaked.

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Member Reviews for Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,742
3.00 5
04/23/2018

Unchanged. Aromatic, ripely fruity and overoaked.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,742
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 03/03/2014

Aromatic and fruity but over oaked.


Snooth User: Mazzeo
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/01/2013

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External Reviews for Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/27/2016

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow, flinty mineral notes with hints of pear compote and vanilla bean, followed by toasted hazelnuts and Meyer lemon curd. Lovely, creamy, and vibrant with honeycrisp apple and pear fruit filling the palate. White nectarine and lemon zest lead to a round and generous mouthfeel with a crisp line of minerality. Winemaker Notes: With Chardonnay, Franciscan Estate looks for the sort of richness and opulence that malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging in oak barrels bring. They help to deliver that delicious, creamy complexity for which Franciscan Estate Chardonnay is known. But Chardonnay also needs a foundation and structure for all of that richness and fruit. Minerality is essential. So we turn to cooler vineyards in southern Napa Valley, in particular the Carneros District, where the soil is dense clay. The result is grapes that offer impressive structure and mineral flair. ~ Janet Myers, Winemaker Aging: Seven months sur lie in small French and American oak barrels; 16% new Acid: 6.2 g/L pH: 3.38 Alcohol: 13.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 12/11/2014

Sensory Evaluation: Appearance: Pale Yellow Aromas: Flinty mineral notes with hints of pear compote and vanilla bean, followed by toasted hazelnuts and Meyer lemon curd. Flavors: Lovely, creamy, and vibrant with honeycrisp apple and pear fruit filling the palate. White nectarine and lemon zest lead to a round and generous mouthfeel with a crisp line of minerality. Winemaker’s notes: With Chardonnay, Franciscan Estate looks for the sort of richness and opulence that malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging in oak barrels bring. They help to deliver that delicious, creamy complexity for which Franciscan Estate Chardonnay is known. But Chardonnay also needs a foundation and structure for all of that richness and fruit. Minerality is essential. So we turn to cooler vineyards in southern Napa Valley, in particular the Carneros District, where the soil is dense clay. The result is grapes that offer impressive structure and mineral flair. - Janet Myers, Winemaker Fermentation: Barrel fermented Aging: Seven months sur lie in small French and American oak barrels; 16% new pH: 3.38 TA: 6.2g/L Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/02/2013

An enticing nose of citrus, rich pear tart, honeydew and toasted hazelnut. A round and full palate, with pineapple, Fuji apple and honey highlights. A long, clean finish with mineral notes, white nectarine and Meyer lemon. Pair it with chicken, pork or seafood.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 07/09/2013

Appearance:Pale yellowAromas:Inviting aromas of citrus, Golden Delicious apple, vanilla, and subtle spice from the toasted oak draw you in. Delicate mineral and lemon-lime are hidden behind star jasmine and honeysuckle notes.Flavors:Fresh, vibrant, and complex with flavors of pear tart, apple, and lemon. The finish is round, yet crisp, with a silky mouthfeel and hints of flinty mineral, vanilla cream, and honeydew melon lingering on the persistent finish. - Winery


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Vintage: 2011 08/26/2013

An enticing nose of citrus, rich pear tart, honeydew and toasted hazelnut. A round and full palate, with pineapple, Fuji apple and honey highlights. A long, clean finish with mineral notes, white nectarine and Meyer lemon. Pair it with chicken, pork or seafood. Food pairing: pasta, poultry Flavor type: traditional Body type: full Finish: rich


External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/02/2013

An easy-drinking style that's fresh and vibrant, with pure melon and ripe apple flavors that are cleansing. Drink now.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Notably woody, with a creamy vanilla edge. The apple and pear flavors are ripe and pure, yet the woodsiness sticks out. Drink now through 2017. 55,828 cases made. -JL Sensory Evaluation: Appearance: Pale yellow Aromas: Bright and enticing nose showing layers of citrus, rich pear tart, honeydew melon, toasted hazelnut, and mineral notes. Complemented by hints of honeysuckle and vanilla cream. Flavors: Vibrant d'Anjou pear and Fuji apple, with subtle pineapple, citrus, and honey highlights. The round and full palate is silky and bright, with good minerality, creamy complexity, and a long, clean finish of mineral, white nectarine, and Meyer lemon. - Winery Technical Data: winemaker: Janet Myers appellation: Napa Valley brix at h arvest: 23°-24° varietal composition: 100% Chardonnay fermentation: Barrel fermented aging: Seven months sur lie in small French and American oak barrels, 20% new oak pH: 3.31 ta: 6.7g/L alcohol: 13.5% release...



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