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.
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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. more
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Deep garnet color. A rich bouquet of dark cherry, cocoa, clove, plum, tobacco and
toasted oak, with delicate notes of coffee and truffle. Layered and complex. Rich and full on the palate with a supple mouthfeel and opulent layers of plum, cherry, anise, and mocha. Smooth and concentrated,... more
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Franciscan Chardonnay is pale yellow in color. Inviting aromas of citrus, Golden Delicious apple, vanilla, and subtle spice from the toasted oak draw you in. Delicate mineral and lemon-lime are hidden behind star jasmine and honeysuckle notes. Fresh, vibrant, and complex with flavors of pear tart,... more
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,... more
Pale straw in color. The aromas are right and inviting, with intense lime, grapefruit, and pear fruit
aromas, enticing mineral notes, and hints of star jasmine and vanilla. Perfumed and appealing.
The flavors are clean, crisp, and refreshing, with complex layers of Meyer lemon, lime zest, and... more
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.... more
Pale yellow in color. This wine has an enticing nose showing layers of citrus, rich pear tart,
honeydew melon, toasted hazelnut, and mineral notes complemented by hints of honeysuckle and vanilla cream. Flavors of vibrant d'Anjou pear and Fuji apple, with subtle pineapple, citrus, and honey... more
Deep garnet in color. Inviting aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, and ripe plum are interwoven with notes of sage and blueberry. Hints of anise and clove give added complexity. Rich, elegant and well structured, the palate shows a velvet texture with smooth mouthfeel and good balance. Layered with... more
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... more
Delicate lemon yellow. Rich apple and pear fruit aromas are intertwined with notes of creme brûlee, honey, toasty oak, and vanilla. The nose is layered with subtle hints of Meyer lemon and white peach adding dimension and complexity. Luxurious and full on the palate, showing rich flavors of apple... more
I believe that Chardonnay should be rich and round,
but also vibrant and crisp, to pair well with food. We source from a
combination of cool Carneros and southern Napa Valley vineyards, to bring
together bright pear, citrus, and mineral qualities along with rich apple and
honey. Our Chardonnay... more
For Cuvee Sauvage, we start with our finest lots from cool Carneros. We don't add yeast-we just put the juice in barrels in a special corner of the cellar and wait. And wait. Unlike cultured yeasts, wild yeast comes in many strains, reflective of the vineyard terroir. They work in a relay, and as... more