55 Ratings
Franciscan Estate Merlot

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Winemaker's Notes

Aromas: A richly expressive, yet vibrant mélange of bright fruit—juicy framboise, warm black plum, cassis, and ripe black cherry—draws you in, layered with sweet anise, vanilla, and subtle notes of cardamom and cola.. Flavors: Full and lush on the palate, the supple, fleshy mouthfeel will bring you back. A plush core of ripe Santa Rosa plum, black cherry, and blackberry is framed by rich mocha, vanilla, and anise with traces of tobacco and sweet sage. Elegant and impeccably balanced with a dark cherry and vanillainfused finish.

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    Wine Enthusiast: 91 points. A solid Cabernet, dry and full-bodied, showing classic flavors of blackberries, currants and oak, with hints of vanilla and toast. Feels rich in the mouth, a wine to enjoy through a long finish. Great price, and it could even develop in the bottle over the next few years. Editors' Choice Wine Guy: A classic Napa nose displays plenty of cedar and cassis along with strong chocolate notes, leading to a ripe, velvety, full-bodied palate of blackberry and black cherry supported by the supplest of tannins. No decanting necessary

    over 3 years