Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 84713)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

All the grapes in this rich varietal come from one of three Sonoma County appellations — Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek, or Alexander Valley. Harvested by hand from October through early November, the fully ripened clusters are then crushed into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and fermented from eight to fifteen days. The wine is then aged in different lots for fourteen to sixteen months in American and French oak, and then blended without filtration. Once bottled we hold the wine another four to eight months so that it's fully developed by the time we release it. The result is a classic Sonoma County Cabernet with firm structure, generous tannins, and deep color accentuating the hints of black currant and spicy oak.

Boasting rich, deep flavors and well-balanced oak and tannins, Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is quite possibly the king of the red varietals.

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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.