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Franciscan Napa Chardonnay 2008

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Score: N/A Tasting Notes: The wine is full bodied, yet elegantly structured with delicate mineral, honey, citrus and stone fruit characters from the Carneros lots, and classic pear and apple notes from the South Napa vineyards. The aromas are seamless; a benefit of fermentation and aging in oak barrels, and the mouthfeel plush and round from the wild yeast. Web Site: Click Here

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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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

Editorial Reviews for Franciscan Napa Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,814
4.00 5
06/20/2010

A bit toasty, smoky, and spicy on the nose with underlying notes of dried orchard fruits. In entry this shows good balance for a rather big boned style of Chardonnay. The fruit is marked by wood spice and vanilla but is rich enough and deep enough to keep things balanced. There’s some interesting licorice spice notes across the palate and a buttery edge that extends through the moderately long finish. This is rich and powerful, suitable for pairing with a fairly rich, highly seasoned dish, perhaps some with an Asian bent to the seasoning. 89pts


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3.50 5
06/18/2010

Lightly floral golden apple and crisp lemon aromas. A bit of oak on the palate, with toast and cream, a touch of honey, lemon curd and fresh acidity.


Snooth User: Mazzeo
891336366
4.00 5
09/11/2011

Big full taste - Oaky and creamy. Very good


Snooth User: chrisdtw
44614590
3.00 5
07/21/2010

Smokey nose...pepper/vanilla cream taste...maybe a bit of red pepper, without being too spicy? Creamy....rounding out the slight oak taste. A wonderful Napa chardonnay, without being too "oaky". Medium body....that 13.5% alcohol could be a bit lower, though. Wonderful dinner choice!


Snooth User: cheftracey
933880245
2.50 5
03/06/2012

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Franciscan Napa Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Marked by a distinctive spicy Granny Smith apple character and lively acidity that gives it a crisp texture. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Offers a rich, elegant beam of rich, creamy pear, apple, melon and spice, ending with a mineral edge. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Notes of peach, pear and apple combined with hints of tropical aromas and toasted nuttiness. Lively and lengthy on the palate with a great body and structure. Mineral notes linger, and the finish is crisp, creamy and clean, with apple and citrus flavors.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Sweet spice complimented with rich fruit characters of pears, apricots and peaches. Creamy and supple with notes of vanilla on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Offers a simple yet pleasant mix of ripe pear, apple and green melon flavors, with a touch of light oak. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Fruity and oaky, a likeable Chard that satisfies for its array of peach, pear, spice, smoke and vanilla aromas and flavors and creamy texture. But it could use more oomph.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This pleasant quaffer offers up good Chard character. The apple, peach and pear flavors have a creamy texture, and just a touch of smoky oak. Turns a bit tart on the finish.


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Score: N/A Tasting Notes: The wine is full bodied, yet elegantly structured with delicate mineral, honey, citrus and stone fruit characters from the Carneros lots, and classic pear and apple notes from the South Napa vineyards. The aromas are seamless; a benefit of fermentation and aging in oak barrels, and the mouthfeel plush and round from the wild yeast. Web Site: Click Here

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