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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94211)
The Wine News rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec

Appearance: Deep ruby red

Aroma: Cassis, ripe dark cherry and tobacco, with earthy notes of sage and peppercorn and sweet hints of vanilla.

Flavors: Mouth-filling, well structured palate of deep blackberry, coffee and spice. Rich and vibrant with supple tannins, finishing with notes of cassis, chocolate, and toasted oak.

88 Points

"Dense garnet hue. Powerful scents of black cherry, plum and cassis. Juicy flavors of raspberry and blackberry. Robust tannins and layers of red plum and espresso in the lingering close."
Wine News

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About Franciscan Oakville Estate:

Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style - rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins - from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley's cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. Huneeus refocused the winery on using the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards, rather than sourcing from outside.

Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan in August 2003 as associate winemaker after working in the Margaret River region and Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. The winery remains committed to its tradition of small-lot winemaking, with small batches averaging just 150 to 1,500 cases. The image of a hand-operated wine press on Franciscan's logo and wine labels reflects this small lot approach to winemaking.