Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
(search item no. 53237)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for our Cabernet Sauvignon orginate from four different vineyard areas within Sonoma County, each of which contribute distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine.

Harvest for this late ripening varietal takes place from October through early November. The grapes are hand-harvested and crushed into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation takes place over a period of eight to fifteen days. The different lots are racked into new and one year old American and three year old French oak barrels for an aging period of 14 to 16 months. At the end of the aging process the blend is assembled without filtration. The wine is then bottled and held for four to eight months prior to release.

St. Francis' winemaker, Tom Mackey has created a Cabernet of classsic Sonoma style emphasizing rich varietal character and body. The structure is firm and well-balanced, with excellent depth and supple generous tannins.

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About St. Francis Winery:

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.