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432 Ratings
Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Wine Description

(2012 Vintage) Hints of vanilla and cocoa dust add complexity to the rich aroma. Flavors: Smooth entry, with lively ripe, fresh berries followed by vanilla and cocoa flavors that fill the palate. Smooth and textural, with generous body and supple tannins. Very well balanced. The finish evokes dark cherry and sage, with hints of allspice and vanilla that linger seamlessly.

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    Cellar until at least 2014.

    over 8 years
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    WE94 rated day 1-let sit for an hour, super dry. great black/purple color. interesting aromas but not too complex, not really earthy. just Oaky and alcohol.

    about 9 years
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    color ruby aroma moderate development. youthful dry off dry body medium acidity smooth tannins medium balance fair flavor moderate finish medium conclusion

    over 7 years
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    great cab for an amazing price from the storied 2007 vintage. should be even better after years of aging.

    about 9 years
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    false start note but transforms quickly to a hearty red. long peak then fades. worth the price.

    over 9 years
Expert Reviews
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2000 Vintage) 5% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc. Although launched by its nicely composed aromas of very rich oak and deep, precisely focused black currant fruit, this tight, slightly stiffly balanced Cabernet runs up against acid-pushed tannins at the eleventh hour, and never quite fulfills its early promise. Set it aside for a few years to let it find a softer stance.