Franciscan Estate

(707) 967-3830 1178 Galleron Rd
Saint Helena, CA 94574
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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Franciscan Merlot Napa 2006

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    The wine has an inky black color at the center leading to some bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, prune, leather and toasted oak that seem a bit old world. The taste is much less fruit forward than I was expecting, with a bit of cassis and black licorice up front that transition nicely to some notes of dark ch... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Continuing with yesterday (30 Dec), we took our friends Greg & Beth out to ... ended up selecting a 2013 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with our roasted mussels and steaks.  Good times.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... want a terrific Napa Merlot. Franciscan Estate 2013 Napa Valley Reserve Merlot ($45): The Reserve Merlot is a brand new release in the Franciscan Portfolio. In addition to Merlot (93%), small amounts of Syrah (6%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (1%) were blended in. Al... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013

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    After opening it's so good. Read More

    Wine review by Hawks7299


  • Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Most websites say this is a $25 bottle of Cab. I purchase it every day of the week for under $20. It stands up to the Big Cabs of Napa. It is made from Napa Valley grapes in Napa Valley and it has flavors of black cherry, plum, cedar and is aged in small oak barrels for 30 months. . It pairs well with any beef dish either grilled or pot roast wi... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • EM, that 2006 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon should have been a great ... Sauvignon and then a 2013 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with our rib-eye steaks.  A very nice meal but it was almost $600 with the tip.  Both wines were one year younger than their claim on the wine list.  That always ticks me off a bit, but it is so c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Red, it's context:  Pinot is supposed to deliver a certain kind of flavor, aroma, mouthfeel, and, for me, none of that is there with Meiomi.  I wouldn't bash it if I didn't try it.  (I didn't really bash it so much, either, just said it wasn't much like PN to me and wasn't very enjoyable.)  Big commercial wines:  Well, define that.  A lot of goo... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • Popular HBO action/drama Game of Thrones has one winery seeing red over Thrones’ new line of beer titled “Three-Eyed Raven.”  This past week online news outlet Quartz examined the beef between Thrones and Franciscan Vineyards, the California estate which produces Ravenswood. The winery is asking the federal government to issue a “nevermore” for ... Read More

    From the article Thrones Throwdown: Cali Vineyard Goes To Legal Fistacuffs With HBO Hit


  • The beginning of Spring marks the beginning of several “seasons” as ... the fruitier side. 2012 Franciscan Estate Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: Retail $29. A rich ruby color with an inviting cassis and raspberry nose. Well balanced on the palate with rich fruit and considerable backbone. 91 points. 2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvi... Read More

    From the article Campfire Wines for Spring


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