St. Francis Red Sonoma County 2005

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Wine Tasting Notes St. Francis' interpretation of this varietal is a full and intense expression of the grape in a distinctive Sonoma style. The perfumed aromas of plummy black fruit and spicy herb and vanilla nuances are confirmed in the ripe, lush flavors. On the palate, the fruit is rich and full with hints of chocolate, set in a structure of generous, round tannins which are carried into the persistent, mouthfilling 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
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Member Reviews for St. Francis Red Sonoma County

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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3.50 5
10/27/2009

Juicy and succulent. A true blend as none of the grapes dominate. Smooth with no real tannin presence. Solid everyday red, true to its name. Lengthy finish of Welch's grape juice.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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3.00 5
08/17/2009

Scents of spice and licorice. Medium body. Tangy start, it is powdery/dry with a warm finish.


Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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3.50 5
04/18/2012

Hint of black licorice on the nose and a little vanilla. Oak monster. On the palate it seems quite smooth, no harsh alcohol at any time. I can still tell this is a heavily oaked wine but at the same time it doesn't seem too overly done. There are notes of overripe black fruits on the mid palate and decent length on the finish. The tannins grab your tongue aggressively at first and mellow off quickly, lessening their grip after just a second or two but hanging on through the finish. Another great effort by St. Francis winery. Great QPR, recommended.


Snooth User: caschilling
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4.00 5
04/25/2010

zucchini, summer squash, maybe pumpkin? a value at $13.59, but we found it on a whim in West Virginia.


Snooth User: thepenas
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4.00 5
01/03/2010

Really enjoyed this blend, it was on a recommendation from my local shop. I will be back for a few more bottles for sure.

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Snooth User: gottvino4558
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4.00 5
01/22/2010

My wife's favorite table wine!


Snooth User: OregonCPA
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3.50 5
06/13/2009

We thoroughly enjoyed this wine. It is ready to drink now.


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03/05/2009

Made from grapes sourced from the esteemed Sonoma Valley region, this is an extraordinary blend of Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot, and Sangiovese. Spicy, dark fruit and lively tannins will awaken your palate as you match this up with grilled meats and barbecued fare.



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Wine Tasting Notes St. Francis' interpretation of this varietal is a full and intense expression of the grape in a distinctive Sonoma style. The perfumed aromas of plummy black fruit and spicy herb and vanilla nuances are confirmed in the ripe, lush flavors. On the palate, the fruit is rich and full with hints of chocolate, set in a structure of generous, round tannins which are carried into the persistent, mouthfilling finish.

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