Saturday, January 6, 2018

Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley

2015 Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Napa Valley....$8.48
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $11.97
Rich with bright fruit. Minerals and cream with honeyed pear-apple. Bright and vibrant palate shows rich flavors evoking apple galette, honey, and creamy vanilla bean. Full and round with a rich mouthfeel and a long finish of Asian pear with toasty oak notes. 100% Chardonnay

With Chardonnay, Franciscan Estate looks for the sort of richness and opulence that malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging in oak barrels bring. They help to deliver that delicious, creamy complexity for which Franciscan Estate Chardonnay is known. But Chardonnay also needs a foundation, a structure, for all that richness and fruit. Minerality is essential. So, we turn to cooler vineyards in southern Napa Valley, particularly the Carneros District, where the soil is dense clay. The result is grapes that offer impressive structure and mineral flair. —Janet Myers, Winemaker

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