St. Francis Chardonnay Sonoma County 2011

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"Aromas of orange blossom and lychee combine with pear and hazelnut flavors. This is a bright and balanced Chardonnay with a smooth, silky texture. Most of the fruit for this elegant Chardonnay comes from Sonoma Valley, which is bordered by two mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the east and Sonoma Mountains to the west. The region’s moderate climate and cool breezes prolong ripening and lengthen hang time, promoting natural balance in this wine." -Winery

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St Francis Wine Company Ltd:
  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named aft... Read more
  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named after St. Francis of Assisi, protector of the natural world, and in honor of the Franciscan order, thought to be the first to bring European grape cultivation to America. St. Francis currently has 600 acres under vine in Sonoma County, with many partnerships with other vineyards in the area, including Rockpile Vineyard, Amman Ranch, Leras Ranch, and Pagani Ranch. Each of their wines are produced from 100% hand-picked Sonoma fruit, but that’s not enough to produce such bold, full-bodied wines. It is the hard work of Tom Mackey, Director of Winemaking, and the other winemakers at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards that allows these great wines to be produced, year after year. Read less

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External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
03/06/2013

Fruit and pear aromas are offset on the palate by hints of oak and vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, this Chardonnay has ripe fruit flavors, crisp high acid in the mouth, and a rich lingering finish.



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"Aromas of orange blossom and lychee combine with pear and hazelnut flavors. This is a bright and balanced Chardonnay with a smooth, silky texture. Most of the fruit for this elegant Chardonnay comes from Sonoma Valley, which is bordered by two mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the east and Sonoma Mountains to the west. The region’s moderate climate and cool breezes prolong ripening and lengthen hang time, promoting natural balance in this wine." -Winery

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