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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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 Equilibrium 2012

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    Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Bright and juicy on the nose with aromas of fresh sliced pineapple, Asian pears, and meyer lemons topped with jasmine and honeysuckle perfumes. Bright but with an initial touch of sweetness that adds some richness on the palate. The flavors are tart and lean towards the green apple and citrus end of the spectrum wit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franciscan Chardonnay 2011

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    Nice California chardonnay with plenty of ripe citrus, subtle oak and decent balance. Nothing fancy or complex but a good mid-week sipper. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Skeptical I recently visited the Napa Valley for the first time in about three years. Like many wine geeks, I’m jaded when it comes to Napa Valley wines, almost programed to dismiss them based on their success. You see, to be a true wine geek has somehow morphed into cultivating an exclusive appreciation of obscure wines. Orange wines? Bring the... Read More

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  • Franciscan Oakville Estate Chardonnay 2011

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    Fruity yet firm on the nose with lovely pear, apple, and apricot aromas framed with perfumed oak and topped with hints of tobacco and pollen. Vivid and bright on entry with tons of acidity supporting fresh apple, pineapple and under-ripe apricot flavors. There's a hint of creaminess adding some softness on the mid-palate, though the acidity rema... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franciscan Merlot Napa 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Franciscan Napa Chardonnay 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by cheftracey


  • Franciscan Chardonnay 2010

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    This has a overly oaky taste that I do not enjoy. It might be due to recent chardonnays I had.. This was creamy though which was good. Read More

    Wine review by shsim


  • Franciscan Chardonnay 2009

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    Wine review by bthiele


  • Franciscan Fountain Court 2006

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    Wine review by cheftracey


  • Franciscan Chardonnay Oakville 2007

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    Wine review by SirahNSauv


  • Wine is not bad but the cask leaked all the wine into and out of my fridge overnight. About 3 letres. Just to let you know...Supplier just laughed...No more "Franciscan" for me.

    Comment by 476265paleale57 476265 paleale57


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