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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 118702)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is a pale straw color. It has a soaring nose of lime zest, white grapefruit, lemongrass, and guava. Bright, vibrant, concentrated, and enticing with abundant fresh citrus fruit, tropical notes, and a sweet hint of vanilla bean. There is a lavish blend of lime, citrus blossom, fresh grapefruit, and subtle notes of grass. The palate is fruit forward, crisp, and appealing with a strong mineral backbone giving an elegant presence on the round mouthfeel. The generous finish lingers with abundant lime, lychee, and citrus. Compelling and refreshing.
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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.