"The grapes in our Sonoma County Merlot come from our estate vineyards in Sonoma and Russian River valleys, as well a...Read more...
- There are currently no submitted critic scores.
Submit a Critic ScoreClose
Strong fruity nose. Long lasting taste of cherry and spice. Mouth filling finish with lasting tannins. Read more
Nice black cherries on the nose. Oak is present but not too overwhelming (I'm not a big fan of super heavily oaked wines). On the palate it has g... Read more
St Francis Merlot has spicy herb and vanilla overtones, which give way to full strong black fruit on the palate, nuanced with chocolate. Its round,... Read more
Northern Italy Sun-dried Tomato and Italian Sausage Risotto featuring RiceSelect™ Arborio Rice
RiceSelect™ Arborio Rice has a naturally creamy texture, which makes it the perfect choice for risotto dishes and Merlot Wines
Food Pairings for St. Francis Merlot
Strong fruity nose. Long lasting taste of cherry and spice. Mouth filling finish with lasting tannins.
Nice black cherries on the nose. Oak is present but not too overwhelming (I'm not a big fan of super heavily oaked wines). On the palate it has good black fruit with a hint of tar and tobacco. Good tannin and a nice grip on the finish but not too aggressive. The finish is moderately long. This is a very smooth wine from start to finish. That being said, I think it's a tad past its prime. This is a 2000 vintage which I'm now tasting in 2012. It is very good but I have this feeling it would have been a little better 2 - 4 years ago. I won't complain though as I got this at a "take a chance" sale for a whopping $3 and for that price, even with it being on the downside of its peak, it beats the heck out of some $15 - $20 bottles out there. I'm going to give it 3.5 glasses. Very good but if you happen to have some of this vintage in your cellar at the moment, I'd crack them open and drink them up now. I don't think it will keep much longer. 5 years from now you'll be dumping it down the sink.
"The grapes in our Sonoma County Merlot come from our estate vineyards in Sonoma and Russian River valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Alexander Valley and Rockpile. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. All grapes are hand-harvested, gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, then fermented in separate lots using a combination of pumpovers and delestage to soften tannins. Secondary malolactic fermentation occurs in 50% American and 50% French oak barrels – 25% of which are new." -Winery
Best Wine Deals
Live from PiedmontReplied
Midsummer Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cañon Creek (2009)Listed
Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga (2009)Listed
Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Signature (2009)Listed
Stuhlmuller Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (2009)Listed
Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2009)Listed
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection (2009)Listed
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon California (2009)Listed
Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Single Vineyard Alexander's Crown Vineyard (2009)Listed
Château Vital-Henri Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux Frankrijk (2007)Wishlisted