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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  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Franciscan Chardonnay Napa Valley 2013

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    Classic modern chard with ripe pears on the nose moderate acididty and an oaky finish. Nice wine overall. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Franciscan Zinfandel 1999

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    One of Gary's favorite Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 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 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Franciscan Chardonnay 2010

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  • Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • 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


  • Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Sweet and soft on the nose with early accents of mocha, sweet tobacco leaf, allspice and brown sugar joined by dried bay leaf and black currants. On entry this shows excellent integration and while there is plenty of acidity here, it is held nicely in check by the rich yet not weighty fruit. The oak is well measured as well, yielding a rather se... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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  • 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.

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