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Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

Region: USA » California » Napa
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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External Reviews for Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
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%



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.

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