Ripe black cherry and plum aromas mingle with toasty oak and a hint of leather.
Flavor: In the mouth, ripe black cherry, plum and currant flavors are beautifully in balance with sweet oak carrying through to a long finish. Tannins are supple and round.
James Suckling 90 points - Shows pretty Napa fruit of currants and plums with hints of citrus. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink and enjoy the vintage.
Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan as associate winemaker after working for Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. Complex and vibrant aromas of red plum, cherry, and forest berries mingle with deeper notes of violet, earthy tobacco, and leather, accented by hints of vanilla. Dried herbs like marjoram and oregano add complexity.
WINE NEWS #1 Best Value Cabs 1998" Dec 98/Jan 99
WINE & SPIRITS "Recommended New Release" Dec 1999
WINE SPECTATOR 89 Pts. "A smooth, sleek, richly flavored wine, with intense black cherry and blackberry fruit that is shaded by earthy, cedary overtones. Finishes with a long, gushing, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2009." Oct. 31, 2002 (1999 Vintage
|Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Oak Aging: 17 months
Type of Oak: American & French, 25% new
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l