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St. Francis Merlot 2014

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his is an expressive and flavorful Merlot with multi-layered aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum, dried cranberry, espresso bean and savory spices. Medium-to-full bodied with a long, lingering finish.

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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

Member Reviews for St. Francis Merlot

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4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 07/22/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: sammy2co
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/13/2013

Strong fruity nose. Long lasting taste of cherry and spice. Mouth filling finish with lasting tannins.


Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 04/27/2012

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.


External Reviews for St. Francis Merlot

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Vintage: 2012 07/16/2016

St Francis Merlot is smooth and elegant with classic flavors and aromas of cherry, chocolate and plum. Its silky structure is balanced by soft tannins and a bold, lengthy finish.


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Vintage: 2008 05/17/2013

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, generous tannins give it a big finish.



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his is an expressive and flavorful Merlot with multi-layered aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum, dried cranberry, espresso bean and savory spices. Medium-to-full bodied with a long, lingering finish.

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