St. Francis Winery Red Splash 2011

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"A versatile red wine that is luscious, full-flavored and full-bodied. Luscious raspberry fruit and spicy clove notes are complemented by a round midpalate and well-structured length. Pair with casual weekend meals such as lasagna, sausage and peppers, pepperoni pizza or cheeseburgers." Producer notes

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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 Winery Red Splash

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Snooth User: sammy2co
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/16/2014

Very floral and cherry nose . Sweet beginning and spicy finish. Hints of chocolate and cherry. Very drinkable and great value.


Snooth User: bn196
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/13/2013

2008 vintage, pushing full bodied, dark red with plenty of flavor and a touch of menthol and oak. 5 years old and still needs to cellar. A bit sweet.


Snooth User: heathbodell
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/21/2012

Dark fruits and dust on the nose. Very full-bodied with a bit of spice. Very drinkable.


Snooth User: bn196
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/13/2013

11/7/12. 2007 vintage, The nose, although soft, had a nice left bank Bordeaux allure to it. The taste is unbalanced to the oak but some fruit is noticeable. There is a touch of mint in the medium body, and not very much tannin for so much oak. The whole experience was silky smooth with no alcohol distraction. A good buy for the price.


Snooth User: nypoet22
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/23/2012

I'm tasting this in March, 2012. Considering the variety in the blend, I expected more dissonance. Maybe a little extra time in bottle gave this vintage time to settle down, because both the nose and the taste are deliciously understated. I taste the fruit and pepper, and they're anything but blustery or incoherent. Really solid wine, perhaps not breathtaking, but for eleven dollars this is yummy.


Snooth User: smithdaj54
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/30/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for St. Francis Winery Red Splash

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

Here's another of these delightful red blends we're seeing more and more of out of California. This one comes from St. Francis in Sonoma and it's a tantalizing blend of 52% Merlot, 13% Petite Sirah, 11% Syrah, 9% Zinfandel, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remainder a blend of Carignane and Petite Verdot. It's aged 15 months in French and American oak and then 8 months in the bottle for a soft, supple mouthfeel. In March Fox News called this latest release "A Great Spring Wine... and a red with more bold and rich flavors." Earlier vintages were lauded in Food & Wine Magazine who called it "One of the Best American Wines under $15" and the San Francisco Chronicle named it a "Top 5 Hearty Red $15 and under".


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/12/2013

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel, this is an easy to drink wine, with red currant and toasty dill aromas. Bright cherry, bittersweet chocolate and spice flavors.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2008 11/28/2012

Here's another of these delightful red blends we're seeing more and more of out of California. This one comes from St. Francis in Sonoma and it's all Sonoma County fruit. It's a tantalizing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Old Vine Zinfandel that's aged 18 months in oak and then 8 months in the bottle for a soft, supple mouthfeel. Food & Wine Magazine called it "One of the Best American Wines under $15" and the San Francisco Chronicle named it a "Top 5 Hearty Red $15 and under".


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Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2007 08/18/2011

Here's another of these delightful red blends we're seeing more and more of out of California. This one comes from St. Francis in Sonoma and it's all Sonoma County fruit. It's a tantalizing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Old Vine Zinfandel that's aged 18 months in oak and then 8 months in the bottle for a soft, supple mouthfeel. Food & Wine Magazine called it "One of the Best American Wines under $15" and the San Francisco Chronicle named it a "Top 5 Hearty Red $15 and under". Spicy and rich, this 2007 red is a winner.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/27/2012

Red, ripe and robust fruit flavors with spicy aromas make this a wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. Great with grilled foods and pizza or pasta dishes with red sauce. The perfect wine to serve at a cocktail party or backyard barbecue.



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"A versatile red wine that is luscious, full-flavored and full-bodied. Luscious raspberry fruit and spicy clove notes are complemented by a round midpalate and well-structured length. Pair with casual weekend meals such as lasagna, sausage and peppers, pepperoni pizza or cheeseburgers." Producer notes

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