St. Francis Red 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This offers up mellow aromatics with notes of chocolate shavings, cedar, soft baking spices and red plum fruit. The entry is light and easy going with an underlay of modest wood tannins adding a touch of texture up front. The fruit is very much in the red end of the spectrum. This is medium bodied with good structure in a soft but not fat style that relies on the wood for both noticeable tannin and spice contributions. the finish is a bit short, but overall this is an easy drinking, easy going style of Merlot. 86pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for St. Francis Red

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,180
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/30/2010

This offers up mellow aromatics with notes of chocolate shavings, cedar, soft baking spices and red plum fruit. The entry is light and easy going with an underlay of modest wood tannins adding a touch of texture up front. The fruit is very much in the red end of the spectrum. This is medium bodied with good structure in a soft but not fat style that relies on the wood for both noticeable tannin and spice contributions. the finish is a bit short, but overall this is an easy drinking, easy going style of Merlot. 86pts


Member Reviews for St. Francis Red

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 06/30/2010

Pine wood and bright cherry fruit on the nose, the mouth has a nice soft feel with good tannins. Not very interesting, unobjectionable.


Snooth User: Carly Wray
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/30/2010

Dark chocolate and freshly cut wood on the nose; black fruit and a touch of smoked meat and, well, something that says "campfire" on the finish.


Snooth User: sammy2co
1274757398
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/21/2013

Strong nose of berry and earth. Luscious berry and plum with hints of chocolate. Spicy finish with lasting mouth feel. Great for the price.


Snooth User: Richard8655
38271531
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/20/2010

Complex and deep. Wow. Highly recommended for the price. Locally in Illinois only $6.99.


Snooth User: rlejuwaan
7734724
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 08/24/2009

Rating 85. At first impression full bodied dry red wine with good tannins. After some times I noted more and more the oxidized character on the nose and in the taste, reminicent of Stewed Prunes .This is k for some people but i think it distracts from the wine and cheapens it


External Reviews for St. Francis Red

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Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

A varietal classic with distinctive Sonoma County style, it has strong black fruit, spicy herb, and vanilla overtones, which give way to full fruit on the palate, nuanced with chocolate. Its round, generous tannins give it a big finish. A wine with exceptional Sonoma fruit and softer tannins, this Merlot marries well with fish prepared with garlic, herbs and other robust flavors.


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Vintage: 2006 01/03/2012

Sure, therersquo;s a lot of oak on the nose, but itrsquo;s not unattractive, featuring menthol, cedar and vanilla. The sexy, creamy mouthfeel carries modest black cherry flavors through to the finish, where the flavors revert back to oak all the way. Well made, just heavy-handed with the lumber.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

A Merlot with real elegance. This is fully dry, with firm, furry tannins, showing black cherry and currant flavors that are transforming into dried fruits and sweet leather. Could develop for a few more years.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

Rich and supple, showing coffee, roasted nut, menthol and black cherry flavors that persist on the smooth finish. Best from 2000 through 2005.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

Blood red with a garnet cast and a slight fade. Well-developed aromas show leathery, spicy, oaky accents. A crisp attack leads a medium-bodied palate with developed earthy tannins. Finishes with spicy complexity.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

Smooth and herbal, with coffee, cedar and hints of dried plum. Turns smoky, with a slightly charred edge. Best from 1999 through 2003.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/09/2010

St Francis Merlot Sonoma County is a varietal classic with distinctive Sonoma County style-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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