Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Rich, round, and full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa; generous weight on the palate and smooth, mouth-filling tannins; the finish lingers with flavors of rich cassis and black cherry.
Wine Enthusiast - "Good price for a Cabernet this elegant and classy. It’s not an something for the cellar, but offers everything it has now, with ripe blackberry, black currant and cedar flavors that are wrapped into sturdy, smooth tannins."
Franciscan Estate Winery
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. View all Franciscan Estate Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44 out of 5 stars
10 ratings, 6 with reviews43/14/2013A great value! Rating four stars on that basis.43/1/2013Linda Miller - Seneca, SC37/15/2016Anonymous - Dedham, MA52/21/2016WA Hennig - Two Rivers, WI47/17/2013
Medium weighted Napa Cab with black cherry, raspberry and dark cocoa notes. Still slightly tannic and could use more bottle time. Great pricing from Wine Shopper!portland dave - Woodburn, OR47/16/2013
- Big & Bold
Nancy H - Cleveland, OH54/3/2013This is a GREAT Cab at a fabulous price. I should have purchased more bottles than I did!TLYEN - Blaine, WA44/5/2013
- Big & Bold
Recommended by Wine.com when my order was destroyed in transit. Received it within less than 12 hours and this wine is decent. Sweet on the palate and mellow like a heavy Merlot. For this price many more options.Sarah Warner - Oakland, CA44/3/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Delicious! This is hands down are favorite wine. It's full bodied with a long finish. Franciscan consistently makes a great cab year after year.l2ride - Haymarket, VA23/19/2013
- Big & Bold
The first bottle I opened, the cork was compromised and had leaked. Red strip from top to bottom. And the wine was awful, had to dump it. The next bottle was fine and had decent character. Good nose and decent legs. However I now have to wait a bit longer and try a couple more to make sure all is well.
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Pasta > Meat