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Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005

Merlot from Napa Valley, California
  • WW 90
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Winemaker Notes

Appearance: Deep ruby red intensity with crimson accents

Aroma: Complex and layered with black plum and currants, vanilla, sage, and peppercorn, and sweet notes of toasty oak.

Flavors: Round, full-bodied palate with vibrant dark cherry fruit, sweet herbs and silky mouthfeel. Very supple and elegant, the finely knit tannins highlight bold fruit and sweet tobacco notes, giving a velvety finish.

90 Points

"Pale garnet hue. Complex scents of wild cherry, vanilla and chocolate with a hint of dust and sweet... View More

Critical Acclaim

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Franciscan Estate, Napa Valley, California
Franciscan 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... View More