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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  • Franciscan Chardonnay Oakville 2007

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    Hey, hey, Chardonnay! Here's one way to introduce your palate to the world of California Chard. The nose is big butter, baked apple, and lemon meringue; the tongue gets sturdy oak, vanilla, and the smoked-then-candied peels of several orchard fruits. Read More

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Franciscan Merlot Mer 2005

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    Although Franciscan is consistently pleasing, this Merlot merely satisfies with a brief but robust burst upon the palate followed by an afterglow as pithy as the sinking feeling you get from the first glance at your bed partner the night after a frat party. Read More

    Wine review by Lusixhan


  • Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon Stylus 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Scoutsbox


  • Franciscan Chardonnay Oakville 2007

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    smooth and clean. slight smoke, soft floral flavor, went wonderfully with our fish dinner! Read More

    Wine review by megdeweese


  • Franciscan Merlot Mer 2005

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    Wine review by rajuno


  • Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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    My first taste at the winery we stayed at in Napa. This series is part of a wine/cheese pairing at Franciscan. The aromas are very green and herbal, floral and citrus but underlying green fruit notes on the palate, green apples, grapefruit and lime, easy drinking with a light finish. Tasted with a goat cheese which helped with the acidity of ... Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Franciscan Merlot Mer 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by wlstiles3


  • Was just curious for some input what your favorite everyday value cabernets are that you are all currently enjoying in the under 20 dollar range? Thanks for all your inputs! Read More

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  • Franciscan Merlot Mer 2005

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    A smooth, inexpensive wine. Read More

    Wine review by Michael J M


  • Franciscan Chardonnay Oakville 2007

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    Wine review by marendt428


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