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Franciscan Oakville Cabernet 2011

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"The 2011 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc and the rest Roussanne and Bourboulenc from 50-year-old vines. Aged in tank, foudre and, occasionally, demi-muid, it exhibits complex aromatics of rose water, buttered citrus, crushed rocks and spring flowers. The Bruniers have one of the more significant holdings of white grapes in Chateauneuf du Pape, a whopping 16 acres that produce 2,000 cases of white wine. The 2011 should drink well for 4-5 years."-Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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External Reviews for Franciscan Oakville Cabernet

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

The Bruniers pull this wine from old vines planted in the complex soils of La Crau, where the layers of alluvial soil, limestone, silica and red clay are all topped with large, smooth galets. In 2011, the wine radiates life, the scent alone invigorating in its vibrancy. It smells like a vineyard, earthy, herbal, sunny and warm; the flavors follow in the same vein, lush yet restrained in its focused, complexly spiced, wild cherry taste. It’s not at all heavy, but it’s a powerful wine, able to communicate the complexity of the site in a single sip.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, showing terrific clarity and spicy lift. The spicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins. In a graceful, almost weightless style, with zero excess fat but noteworthy flavor intensity. I underestimated this wine last year.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Forward and up-front, especially by this cuvee’s standards, the 2011 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf (65% Grenache from 70-year-old vines, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the balance other permitted varieties) exhibits perfumed aromas of herbs de Provence, seaweed wrapper, garrigue and olive to go with plenty of sweet kirsch and berry fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and elegant, with fine tannin, it can be consumed now (with a decant) or cellared for a decade. Drink now–2025.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/08/2012

70% merlot, 29% cabernet franc, 1% cabernet sauvignon. A 14-hectare contiguous parcel on the sloping Pomerol plateau next to La Conseillante and L'Evangile. Soils are Pomerol's classic pebbles over clay and iron-rich subsoil. Alexandre Thienpont (fro... Devon Magee. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Vieux Chateau Certan 1500ml


External Review
10/04/2012

A classic red Chteauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant. The best vintages will age for 25 years and more.Elegant and age worthy! Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Website


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
09/06/2013

At Franciscan Estate, we only use grapes of the highest quality worthy to bear the Franciscan Estate crest. We strive to create wines of the highest character and excellence in every vintage.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/01/2014

Appearance: Deep garnetAromas: A complex mélange of cassis, plum, and mocha. The beautiful and inviting aroma opens further to reveal notes of peppercorn, black olive, sage, and tobacco.Flavors: Elegant and rich with cherry and blackberry fruit followed by fine, supple tannins and a velvety mouthfeel. Notes of cocoa, crème de cassis, and black truffle complement the complex fruit. Delicious roundness and texture lead to a seamless finish. - WineryVarietal Composition:79% Cabernet Sauvignon12% Merlot6% Petit Verdot3% MalbecpH: 3.79TA: 5.7 g/LAlcohol: 14.0%


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"The 2011 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc and the rest Roussanne and Bourboulenc from 50-year-old vines. Aged in tank, foudre and, occasionally, demi-muid, it exhibits complex aromatics of rose water, buttered citrus, crushed rocks and spring flowers. The Bruniers have one of the more significant holdings of white grapes in Chateauneuf du Pape, a whopping 16 acres that produce 2,000 cases of white wine. The 2011 should drink well for 4-5 years."-Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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