Franciscan Estate

Napa Valley Merlot

8.8410 ratings
8.814 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
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It is time for #MerlotThursday.
Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, cooked blueberries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, light cloves, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices and earth.

Medium finish with round tannins and bitter herbs.

This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a nice and soft mouthfeel.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$21.

It is time for #MerlotThursday.
Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, cooked blueberries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, light cloves, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices and earth.

Medium finish with round tannins and bitter herbs.

This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a nice and soft mouthfeel.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$21.

Oct 11th, 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
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 -

5 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.

2 people found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2016
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.

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2017
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
Sipping Fine Wine

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and 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. Dark inky red with black fruit aromas and toasty oak scents. Plum and blackberry flavors with hints of vanilla and cedar. Medium finish, firm broad tannins ending with cacao notes.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and 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. Dark inky red with black fruit aromas and toasty oak scents. Plum and blackberry flavors with hints of vanilla and cedar. Medium finish, firm broad tannins ending with cacao notes.

Jun 16th, 2017
brando cox

aroma. notes of spice, leather, tobacco, dark fruits, oak. taste. rasberry, oak, cherry, cassis, very nice balance and mouth feel. perfect acidity and tannins

aroma. notes of spice, leather, tobacco, dark fruits, oak. taste. rasberry, oak, cherry, cassis, very nice balance and mouth feel. perfect acidity and tannins

Jan 4th, 2017