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Franciscan Merlot Napa 2010

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Sear a duck breast and it should set you up well for the black currant and black anise intensity of this wine. It's chunky, but not all black, with a shot of bing cherry, a frisky, foresty edge to rise out of the blanket of chocolaty tannins that falls softly over the end. Tightly wrapped and lasting, this isn't a challenging wine, it's just about pleasure.

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Franciscan Oakville Estate:
Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decades ago, wine industry revolutionaries Raymond Duncan and Justin Meyer shaped the winery’s beginnings. In 1985, renowned vintner Agustin Huneeus took over the reins, leading the winery to greatness through innovation and a commitment to small-lot winemaking. Today, Director of Winemaking Janet M... Read more
Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decades ago, wine industry revolutionaries Raymond Duncan and Justin Meyer shaped the winery’s beginnings. In 1985, renowned vintner Agustin Huneeus took over the reins, leading the winery to greatness through innovation and a commitment to small-lot winemaking. Today, Director of Winemaking Janet Myers is preserving the winery’s legacy while leading it into the future. “We inherited a craftsman’s ethic here: work with nature, work in small lots, innovate. Our uniqueness depends on the details,” she says. All of Franciscan’s winemakers have left their individual marks, but all have remained true to Franciscan’s signature: bold wines with the rare combination of rich, vibrant flavors yet fine, supple texture. Read less
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Member Reviews for Franciscan Merlot Napa

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Snooth User: Teppo
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/04/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: lingprof
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/28/2010

I thought it was great. Great nose, with almond and plum. and a nice complexity on the palate. Tasted more like a toasty cab to me, except that it had that almost effervescent quality that merlot sometimes has. certainly not boring.


Snooth User: howardm76
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/24/2010

Good but pricey


Snooth User: nizarmuscle
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/28/2011

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Franciscan Merlot Napa

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Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

Sear a duck breast and it should set you up well for the black currant and black anise intensity of this wine. It's chunky, but not all black, with a shot of bing cherry, a frisky, foresty edge to rise out of the blanket of chocolaty tannins that falls softly over the end. Tightly wrapped and lasting, this isn't a challenging wine, it's just about pleasure.


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Vintage: 2007 07/11/2011

So filled with sweet cocoa, it's almost like liquid milk chocolate, poured over ripe black cherries and sprinkled with vanilla. Oak adds a toasty edge. This dry wine is as luscious as the California sun could make it.


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Vintage: 2007 07/11/2011

Distinguished flavors of black currant, chocolate and plum and fine tannins. Oak adds smoke, spice and vanilla. There's a sweet, fat and lush texture that epitomizes Merlot's appeal.


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Vintage: 2007 07/11/2011

A little angular and sugary sweet, but it's soft enough, with a creamy, velvety texture and some ripe blackberry jam and chocolate candy flavors.


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Vintage: 2007 07/11/2011

An exuberantly fruity, smoky, oaky nose leads to a soft, straightforward, plump, chewy wine that is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years.


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Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

Black pepper, Turkish tobacco and sweet strawberry fruit all knit together in this tense, stylish Merlot. There's a strong oak influence, but it finishes clean. Decant it for chicken grilled wiuth Moorish spices.


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Vintage: 2006 10/01/2010

Harvested and crafted with care in Napa Valley's Rutherford area, this is as good an argument for drinking Merlot as any we've encountered. Like a classic Bordeaux, this is perfectly ageworthy, but right now it's showing lovely ripe blackberry and cherry flavors, great balance, and a clean finish.


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