St. Francis Chardonnay Reserve 1996

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 7410
  • white wine
  • WS90
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Winemaker's Notes

St. Francis' Reserve Chardonnay is produced primarly from our estate vineyard which is located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. While our estate vineyard provides the structure and the backbone of the wine, the addition of grapes from nearby vineyards provide the tropical fruit notes and acidity for balance. We harvest at full ripeness to ensure intensity and concentration of flavors. The wine is then fermented in new French oak barrels with a 100% malolactic treatment. The wine is aged for 9 months, with an occasional stirring of the lees. After the aging process, only the best barrels are selected for our final Reserve blend.

St. Francis Reserve Chardonnay shows a penetrating aromatic bouquet of ripe tropical and exotic fruits marked by a fragance of new oak and vanilla. On the palate the fruit flavors are fully concentrated with a buttery mouthfilling texture supported by balanced acidity and firm structure.

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St. Francis Vineyards & Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, produces big, bold, full-bodied wines that over deliver on flavor. Each wine is made from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County fruit and are direct expressions of winemaker Tom Mackey, whose philosophy calls for "maximum extraction, minimal interaction."

St. Francis achieves critical acclaim from the wine media who refers to it as The House of Big Reds. Among its many accolades, St. Francis was recently named International Red Wine Maker of The Year by the London International Wine Challenge.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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