Franciscan Estate

Napa Valley Merlot

8.8369 ratings
8.79 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Jesse Pender

Assistant Winemaker Delicato Family Vineyards

8.6

Strong linear tannins. Kind of one note and sharp.

Strong linear tannins. Kind of one note and sharp.

Oct 24th, 2017
Matthew Horbund

Franciscan Merlot 2006 - 4 or so years in the cellar and still tightly wound. Needed an hour of decanting. Blueberry, stewed plum, a Bit jammy and perhaps over extracted, tons of baking spice and a Redic amount of cedar/oak on the finish. Nice with a grilled steak. 13.5% ABV, though it feels a bit hotter on finish. Still, pound for pound a good $25 or under (retail) wine -

Franciscan Merlot 2006 - 4 or so years in the cellar and still tightly wound. Needed an hour of decanting. Blueberry, stewed plum, a Bit jammy and perhaps over extracted, tons of baking spice and a Redic amount of cedar/oak on the finish. Nice with a grilled steak. 13.5% ABV, though it feels a bit hotter on finish. Still, pound for pound a good $25 or under (retail) wine -

4 people found it helpfulMar 30th, 2014
Paul Weil

A first class Napa Merlot at a great price, this medium bodied wine is all dark cherries and black currants.

A first class Napa Merlot at a great price, this medium bodied wine is all dark cherries and black currants.

1 person found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2016
Christopher Sartors

Glad I waited. Just at its peak. Been in my cooler for 3 years. Great concentration of fruit. Almost raisiny quality with a lot of smoke and pepper

Glad I waited. Just at its peak. Been in my cooler for 3 years. Great concentration of fruit. Almost raisiny quality with a lot of smoke and pepper

1 person found it helpfulFeb 15th, 2015
Rick Baumgarten

Bold fruit with oak showing thru

Bold fruit with oak showing thru

1 person found it helpfulFeb 10th, 2015
Darcy Bouchard

Great for an inexpensive merLOT

Great for an inexpensive merLOT

1 person found it helpfulJun 19th, 2014
Christanna Honer

Nicely structured merlot. Oak aging pretty prominent, lots of wood & vanilla on nose along with plum, dark berry and cassis. Plum jam and vanilla on palate, toasty oak notes on finish.

Nicely structured merlot. Oak aging pretty prominent, lots of wood & vanilla on nose along with plum, dark berry and cassis. Plum jam and vanilla on palate, toasty oak notes on finish.

Mar 5th, 2014
Robert Durrant

Great vanilla notes!

Great vanilla notes!

Feb 19th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers & doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. A blend of 84% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark red with black berry aromas & toasty scents. Cherry & blackberry flavors with hints of vanilla & sweet oak. Medium finish, firm broad tannins ending with cacao notes.

Founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers & doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. A blend of 84% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark red with black berry aromas & toasty scents. Cherry & blackberry flavors with hints of vanilla & sweet oak. Medium finish, firm broad tannins ending with cacao notes.

Feb 3rd, 2018
Josh Thorpe

Had with no peak rib roast. Very good with it

Had with no peak rib roast. Very good with it

Dec 31st, 2017