Franciscan Oakville Estate Meritage 2002

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I loved this "port style" wine. I purchased on a recent trip to Napa and can't find anymore to buy! Read more

Deep garnet color, Nose of blackberries,raspberry, spice, oak. On the palate there are flavors of blackberry, spice, herbs and mocha. well balance... Read more

Just had this with dinner Friday night at Carlo & Johnnys, with Jeff Ruby's Jewel...bone-in ribeye. It was excellent. Not overbearing, soft tannins... Read more

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Snooth User: oceank8
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5.00 5
04/06/2008

I loved this "port style" wine. I purchased on a recent trip to Napa and can't find anymore to buy!


Snooth User: ValerieYeo14
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3.50 5
08/20/2012

Deep garnet color, Nose of blackberries,raspberry, spice, oak. On the palate there are flavors of blackberry, spice, herbs and mocha. well balanced and elegant palate on the whole. Long finish. Pomerol TS&Karen's House


Snooth User: Wineart
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4.00 5
04/09/2008

Just had this with dinner Friday night at Carlo & Johnnys, with Jeff Ruby's Jewel...bone-in ribeye. It was excellent. Not overbearing, soft tannins. Had it again the next night at a friends, its a small world...once again excellent.


Snooth User: JeffAuker
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4.00 5
03/09/2008

I've had multiple vintages of this, and the blending allows Franciscan to adjust for the yearly ups and downs of grape quality. Always pleases -- the perfect wine to pick up when visiting for a big holiday meal.


External Reviews for Franciscan Oakville Estate Meritage

External Review
01/03/2013

...A terrific effort, this classic blend ... exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds)... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2002 Vieux Chateau Certan 750ml


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Winemaker's Notes:

Just as in 2001, the quality-obsessed Alexandre Thienpont has not included any Cabernet Sauvignon at all in his wine in 2002. Instead it contains 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot. The quality of Thienpont's wines seems to get better and better each year, and 2002 continues this trend with another exceptional example. This is all purity and class, with lovely cherry aromas and deep strawberry and plum fruit with vanilla hints on the palate. What this cerebral wine lacks in brawn it more than makes up for in elegance. Outstanding. Drink 2010-2015.

Just as in 2001, the quality-obsessed Alexandre Thienpont has not included any Cabernet Sauvignon at all in his wine in 2002. Instead it contains 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot. The quality of Thienpont's wines seems to get better and better each year, and 2002 continues this trend with another exceptional example. This is all purity and class, with lovely cherry aromas and deep strawberry and plum fruit with vanilla hints on the palate. What this cerebral wine lacks in brawn it more than makes up for in elegance. Outstanding. Drink 2010-2015.

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