Franciscan Oakville Estate

(707) 963-7111 1178 GALLERON RD
RUTHERFORD, CA 94574
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Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decades ago, wine industry revolutionaries Raymond Duncan and Justin Meyer shaped the winery’s beginnings. In 1985, renowned vintner Agustin Huneeus took over the reins, leading the winery to greatness through innovation and a commitment to small-lot winemaking. Today, Director of Winemaking Janet Myers is preserving the winery’s legacy while leading it into the future. “We inherited a craftsman’s ethic here: work with nature, work in small lots, innovate. Our uniqueness depends on the details,” she says. All of Franciscan’s winemakers have left their individual marks, but all have remained true to Franciscan’s signature: bold wines with the rare combination of rich, vibrant flavors yet fine, supple texture.

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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Franciscan Merlot Napa 2006

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    Good but pricey Read More

    Wine review by howardm76


  • Franciscan Merlot Napa 2006

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    I thought it was great. Great nose, with almond and plum. and a nice complexity on the palate. Tasted more like a toasty cab to me, except that it had that almost effervescent quality that merlot sometimes has. certainly not boring. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Franciscan Napa Chardonnay 2008

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    Smokey nose...pepper/vanilla cream taste...maybe a bit of red pepper, without being too spicy? Creamy....rounding out the slight oak taste. A wonderful Napa chardonnay, without being too "oaky". Medium body....that 13.5% alcohol could be a bit lower, though. Wonderful dinner choice! Read More

    Wine review by chrisdtw


  • Franciscan Napa Chardonnay 2008

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    A bit toasty, smoky, and spicy on the nose with underlying notes of dried orchard fruits. In entry this shows good balance for a rather big boned style of Chardonnay. The fruit is marked by wood spice and vanilla but is rich enough and deep enough to keep things balanced. Theres some interesting licorice spice notes across the palate and a butt... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franciscan Napa Chardonnay 2008

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    Lightly floral golden apple and crisp lemon aromas. A bit of oak on the palate, with toast and cream, a touch of honey, lemon curd and fresh acidity. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Franciscan Oakville Estate 2003

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    Wine review by umanota


  • Franciscan Merlot Mer 2005

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    not the wine to gift to a wine connoisseur but a lovely wine to keep in the cabinet for everyday use. lots of berry notes, exceedingly dry and very smooth. someone who is new to wines will probably find it to be top-notch. Read More

    Wine review by CarolinaDolce


  • Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon Stylus 2005

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    Wine review by carlsport


  • Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay 2010

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    Wine review by Beach09


  • Franciscan Oakville Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Cuvée Sauvage 2006

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    Wine review by Beach09


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