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...

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Wilmington, DE (120 mi)
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750ml
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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 ... Read more

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. Read more

Big full taste - Oaky and creamy. Very good Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Franciscan Napa Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065208,295
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
07/22/2010

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!


External Reviews for Franciscan Napa Chardonnay

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Rich, ripe and exotic, it strikes a wonderful balance of ripe Napa Valley fruit with nuances of oak from 100% barrel fermentation and extended barrel age. Use of wild yeast in a portion of the blend adds layers of complexity. Ripe, generous aromas of apple, pear, and honey with toasty oak. Complex and concentrated; an intriguing blend of power and finesse. Elements of nutmeg and sweet spice complement the rich fruit.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Intense, with ripe flavors of pear, citrus, butter and minerals, finishing with a pleasant vanilla note.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Complex aromatics lead to a core of ripe fig, pear and spicy, subtle hazelnut and light oak shadings. Drink now.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

An interesting wine that adds sage, Chinese five-spice and mineral elements to the rich apple and peach fruit to create complexity and layers of interest. Smoky oak adds additional interest.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe and oaky, with intense fig, pear, vanilla and spice notes that hang together nicely. Has plenty of flavor, drinks well now, but may be more interesting by mid-1993.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe apple, pear, honey and rich buttery flavors balanced with crisp acidity, attractive length and a clean finish.


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05/20/2010

Quintessential California Chardonnay. A touch of oak, great fruit, and a clean finish. This full-bodied wine hits the spot after another exhausting New York day!


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Winemaker's Notes:

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

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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