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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 114585)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 Sauvignon Blanc begins with aromas of bright lime and white grapefruit, with complex notes of fig, passion fruit, vanilla and honeydew melon. The flavors are vibrant and round with full intense layers of lime zest, mineral, citrus blossom and hints of guava. The finish is refreshingly lively and supple with lingering flavors of lime and melon.
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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.