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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Franciscan Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay 2010
Franciscan Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 115939)

PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Delicate lemon yellow. Vibrant aromas of ripe apple, pear, vanilla, and notes of clove perfume on the nose. Layers of citrus, mineral, and a hint of honeysuckle are interwoven to give an enticing and complex bouquet. The palate is rich and full-bodied with bright vibrancy and creamy texture. Concentrated flavors of Fuji apple, pear tart, and vanilla bean are wrapped in a core of minerality and layers of cream for a well-structured and balanced palate. The velvety mouthfeel leads to a long finish of Meyer lemon, 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.