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Date Printed: 11/25/2014
Franciscan Merlot 1999
Franciscan Merlot 1999
(search item no. 41239)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/25/2014: $20.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows rich, lush and velvety fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries that merge with light toasted oak. Our Oakville estate produces distinctive, supple Merlot characterized by flavors of cherries and plums. Blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this wine is well balanced and structured with a lingering finish.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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.