Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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These grapes are sourced from the finest real estate in Napa Valley: The Oakville, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll District AVAs make up this blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot (the remainder is Petit Verdot and Malbec). The expressive nose illuminates scented attributes of black plum, licorice, and blue flowers. Tight tannins grip the palate, but there’s a juicy underbelly of dark chocolate and black cherry with acidity in all the right places.
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.