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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Franciscan Chardonnay 2009
Franciscan Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 110827)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 89 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:

I believe that Chardonnay should be rich and round, but also vibrant and crisp, to pair well with food. We source from a combination of cool Carneros and southern Napa Valley vineyards, to bring together bright pear, citrus, and mineral qualities along with rich apple and honey. Our Chardonnay sees traditional Burgundian techniques. Gentle whole-cluster pressing and barrel fermentation are followed by sur lie aging and barrel stirring to bring body and opulence. Malolactic fermentation helps to deliver that delicious, creamy complexity our Chardonnay is known for.

The 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with aromas of vibrant Fuji apple, ripe pear, and white nectarine fruit layered with rich notes of cream, toasted hazelnut, and vanilla On the palate, it is bright, with pear-apple notes, citrus, and honey. Silky and round mouthfeel, with rich crème brûlée highlights and a finish of mineral and cream that lingers.

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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.