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USA, Franciscan, White Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat), Equilibrium, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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A white blend of: 72% sauvignon blanc, 17% chardonnay, and 11% muscat. N/ Crushed river rock dust sprinkled over crisp, fresh yellow hay. Green melons, pear juice, white flowers, and yellow tropicals dance on on bit of lime. Crushed oyster shells. A touch of powdered sugar. Absolutely delightful. Wow, I love this nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel. […]

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USA, Red Blend (Meritage) (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Magnificat, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, and 2% malbec. N/ Black cherry, black currant, plum skins.  Cedar, vanilla, and coconut. River rock. Wild herbs, pine needles, and dried sage. Barrel room lingers. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acid. Dry, angular, plum, cherry, and a […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Janet Myers, Franciscan Estates and Mount Veeder Winery, Napa Valley, California

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Janet Myers presides over two venerable wine houses: Franciscan Estates and Mount Veeder Winery. I’ve been a fan of Franciscan wines for many years now, but have not had the chance to try Mount Veeder (although their reputation is stellar). A few weeks ago I visited Franciscan again and sampled Janet’s sauvignon blanc (fresh hay […]

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USA, Franciscan, Chardonnay, Cuvée Sauvage, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Production methods of note: i) only wild, native vineyard yeasts used and ii) she was sur lie aged. N/ Wet steel and concrete, in the best way possible. Bright, fresh, dried hay. River rocks bleaching in the hot sun. Yellow tropicals. Solid Chardonnay nose, but with interesting toast, hay, and burlap nuances. Enough butterscotch and […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with friends), Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Red Blend of: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. N / Stewed cassis. Tobacco. River rocks. Sage. Light, candied oaks, and barrel room aromas. T / Medium mouthfeel. Slightly tight, but nice blackcherry and cranberry. Seems like an even distribution of round/soft vs. rough tannins (assume this will shift […]

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USA, Merlot, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2007

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Red Blend of: 92% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot. N / Barrel room. Smoked plums. Crushed river rocks. Crisp leather. Bitter chocolate. T / Medium mouthfeel. High acid feel for a Merlot, and I like that. Thick tannins, with a few grainy / rough spots even after 2 hours post-decant. […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Franciscan, Napa Valley, 2009

N/ Fresh, zingy limes. Clean, fresh hay. Touch of grapefruit.  Slightest wafts of new leather. Like the 2008, thankfully  light on the Sauv Blanc signature cat pee / harsh herbals. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Low weight. Excellent acid pop followed by medium-strong, delightful, minerals.Followed by crisp, ripe lime and lemon. The 2008 lacked, just […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Franciscan, Winemaker’s Reserve, Napa, California, 2004

Note: suggest waiting one hour post decant as some of the more angular elements and spiky tannins need the air. N/ Lovely, fat oaks. Complex spice. White pepper dusted plums. Cigar box, old leather, soft earth, and forest floor. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Fat, ripe plums. Deep, aged cassis. Velvety rich, elegant mouthfeel. Deep earth and […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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N/ Mix of old and new world scents. Too oaky for me, but I’m sure will be popular for new world Chard lovers. Fruity, but also with some nice minerals and river stones. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Solid yellow fruits. Stewed hay water. Mineral rich spring water. Medium-long finish. Price = $18 Rating = […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Franciscan, Napa, 2008

N/ Buttery, oily, vanilla toasty signature CA chardonnay nose with extra puffs of river stones, herbals, and light, yeasty, Graham crackers. Lovely. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Medium glycerol weight. Medium-high crispness/acid. Thick tropicals. Pear. White flower essesnce. Retail = $14 – $18 Fine winemaking here.  If you are are CA Chard lover, try this one. […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Franciscan, Napa Valley, 2008

N/ Lime and grapefruit. Dried, slightly smokey, hay. Thankfully, very light on the Sauv Blanc signature cat pee. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Very nice acid pop. Crisp. Bright. Dripping citrus. Liquid sunshine. Direct, classic winemaking here. Only fault is lacking just a bit in the layers and minerality departments. Retail $17. Brilliant. 92 / […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Napa Valley, California, USA / Quick Guide – Introduction to a few of my favorite wineries

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In a two-part Napa Valley series I wrote for my past magazine column, we documented a recent tour through Napa’s wonderland… Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that we have posted on Scribd. We suggest hitting the “full screen” button below the article, then the zoom buttons. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949562/Napa-Valley-Wine-Guide-California […]

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Know Your – Napa Grapes!

The Whites Chardonnay By volume she is the world’s most favorite wine. Some of her United States versions are fairly neutral in smell, taste, and soul.  Not really much to delve into, or reflect upon.  A vodka among white wines, unless done right.  Rare that be, domestically.  If you choose generic Chard over all else, […]

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