St. Francis Merlot 1998

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 22377
  • red wine
  • WS87
  • WE86
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • WE88

Winemaker's Notes

The Merlot grapes of St. Francis primarily come from its three estate vineyards located in the heart of Sonoma Valley. The soils of these vineyards vary from a mixture of loams, clays, volcanics intermingled with rock and heavy gravel. This type of soil and rock mixture promotes a very intense grape. The microclimates are different, varying from hillside slopes in the nearby Mayacama Mountains to the moderated cooler climate of the valley floor.

The grapes are hand-harvested and crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation is completed the different lots are pressed and racked into French and American oak barrels to complete the aging process. The wine is then bottled without filtration and held for eight months prior to release.

St. Francis winemaker Tom Mackey says, "My interpretation of this varietal is a full and intense expression of the grape in a distinctive Sonoma style. The perfumed aromas of plummy black fruit, spicy herb and vanilla nuances are confirmed in the ripe lush flavors. On the palate, the fruit is rich and full with hints of chocolate, set in a structure of generous, round tannins which are carried into persistent, mouthfilling finish.

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For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. Our founder, Joe Martin, fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley. After achieving great success as a grower, Joe...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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