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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Franciscan Chardonnay 2007
Franciscan Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 97834)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2007 Chardonnay is full bodied, yet elegantly structured with delicate mineral, honey, citrus and stone fruit characters from the Carneros lots, and classic pear and apple notes from the South Napa vineyards. The mouthfeel is soft and round; again, a benefit of using wild yeasts. Pale yellow in color. Bright apple and citrus. Floral notes of honeysuckle and tree fruit aromas of white nectarine, Macintosh apple and D'anjou pear. Hints of delicate toasty oak, honey and mineral tones. Fresh, bright and round. Good weight and intensity with a vibrant mouth feel. Flavors of baked pear, apple tart and creaminess fill the palate. Finishes with lingering minerality, hints of pear and citrus, along with crisp acidity.
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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.