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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Franciscan Chardonnay 2008
Franciscan Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 102867)

PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $16.99

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:

The 2008 vintage Chardonnay showcases our expressive Napa Valley fruit and small lot craftsmanship. Time-honored techniques like barrel fermentation and the use of wild yeasts result in lively, bright fruit and mineral flavors that are both in harmony and balance with subtle layers of complexity. Aging for eight months on the lees (sur lie) in small oak barrels gives further richness and depth.

Appearance: Pale yellow.

Aroma: Pretty apple, honey, and lemon aromas, with hints of toasty oak, honeysuckle, and baked pear tart.

Flavor: Lively, crisp, and balanced. Layered with ripe apple and bright citrus flavors that are framed by rich vanilla and cream. Elegant and full, with a long vibrant finish of pear and honey.

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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.