Franciscan

Franciscan Estate was established in 1973 and began producing wines of true character from our Oakville estate in 1975. Only grapes of the highest quality are deemed worthy to wear the Franciscan Estate crest. We strive to create wines of the highest character and excellence in every vintage. This is what devotion to wines of true character is all about. It is in every bottle and embodied in our crest that has been a sign of excellence on our wines for over 40 years.

Our home estate is located in Oakville, right in the heart of the Napa Valley. Our 240-acre parcel of prized land features loamy, gravely, well-draining soil which adds great structure to our wines. Our location in the center of the Napa Valley allows our Bordeaux varietals to enjoy the cooling marine influences while still receiving plenty of sun and heat. When you combine our location with dry-farming techniques, the vines produce smaller, concentrated fruit, which builds wine of good structure, body, and texture. This optimal blend gives our fruit the ability to maintain its vibrancy and ripen to its full potential.

With this unique balance of terroir and climate we knew Oakville was the ideal place to start our legacy; this was confirmed in 1975 when the very first vintage of our Napa Valley Cabernet was released. The results spoke for themselves – this was a distinctive wine of character and place. It was the first vintage to be released that included fruit from the Oakville estate. This was prior to our esteemed neighbors Opus One, Swanson, Silver Oak, and Groth. Oakville had officially landed on the map as a powerhouse district for Napa Valley Reds and Franciscan Estate had helped blaze the trail to make it happen.

High-Craft, high-touch meticulous winemaking is at the core of everything we do. We are dedicated to exploring, developing, and mastering artisanal techniques to create the perfect glass of wine in every vintage. This constant drive for perfection defines all that we do.

Founding winemaker Justin Meyer wanted to understand the nuance of vineyard sites and how wine matured over time. He diligently laid out our estate vineyard into small blocks to capture the unique microclimates and soil changes. Each block was separately fermented and cellared. The wine was only blended once it had properly evolved. This small lot approach resulted in wines of unmistakable character that highlighted the nuances of every vineyard block and vintage.

This intensely personal approach to winemaking has permeated our culture. It's an ongoing pursuit toward perfection that always has our master winemakers close to the fruit, re-examining techniques, exploring new methods, and finding better ways to bring out the ultimate expression of the vineyard. Each winemaker confidently builds on the foundations of those who came before, adding their own unique flavor to the Franciscan legacy. This spirit has inspired all that we produce, from introducing wild yeast fermentation to being a pioneer in the Napa Valley for Bordeaux style blends; our unwavering devotion to the craft and dedication to the details has driven all that we have done and continue to do.

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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“Vivid garnet in color with perfumed and inviting aromas of rich dark cherry, plum,chocolate, and layered undertones of vanilla, clove, black pepper, and sage. A well-balanced expression of fruit and oak elements fills the palate with cassis, bright cherry, dark berry, toast, cedar, and a hint of
Item Number: 30986
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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Franciscan Chardonnay 2016
“Rich, ripe apple and pineapple, lemon zest, and honeysuckle meld with toasted marshmallow and caramel notes. Full-bodied with poached pear, crème brûlée, minerality, and marzipan notes on a lingering finish. 100% Chardonnay.”~ Winery notes
Item Number: 29839
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Franciscan 'Estate' Merlot 2014
88  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 88“This is a well-made approachable wine, aromatic in black cherry, cola and plum. Thick ripe flavors are highlighted in brick, black pepper and toasted oak.”~VB
Item Number: 29088
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017
“Bold and bright with notes of grapefruit, lime zest, and guava. Bright acidity with flavors of lime and pear with subtle minerality. A round palate of lychee gives way to a clean, lifted finish.”~winery notes
Item Number: 28811
Bottle:$12.45
Case: $149.40
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Franciscan 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 6.0L
90  James Suckling 
Wine Review Online 90 "Winemaker Janet Myers is renowned for her bold Cabernet Sauvignons and the 2014 from Franciscan is no exception, delivering richness and weight, mouth-watering black fruits, a touch of wood spice and mouth-puckering tannins that will recede in another three to five years."~RW
Item Number: 27539
Bottle:$239.95
Case: $239.95
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Franciscan 'Cuvee Sauvage' Chardonnay 2014
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91“Beautifully oaked, this youthful, robustly expressive wine is lemony and salty, offering a high-toned minerality that plays out as stony texture. Pear and marzipan flavors dominate, accented by vanilla and nutmeg.”~VB

Franciscan 'Estate' Chardonnay 2015
88  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 88 “Oaky butterscotch and baked pear notes give this lushly composed white equal parts heat and body. The apple flavor seems baked and warming on the palate, lending additional richness on the toast-laced finish.”~VB  “Bright and vibrant palate shows rich flavors evoking apple

Franciscan 'Magnificat' Red Blend 2014
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91  James Suckling 
Tasting Panel 96 "The royal carmine hue makes this wine look all the more stately. First introduced in 1985, this Meritage blend continues to cast a spell and blends all five Bordeaux grape varieties. The mélange consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cab

Franciscan 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
90  James Suckling 
Wine Review Online 90 "Winemaker Janet Myers is renowned for her bold Cabernet Sauvignons and the 2014 from Franciscan is no exception, delivering richness and weight, mouth-watering black fruits, a touch of wood spice and mouth-puckering tannins that will recede in another three to five years."~RW

Franciscan 'Magnificat' Red Blend 2013
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "A bright and balanced red with currant, plum, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Pretty length and control to this. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink or hold." 

Franciscan 'Cuvee Sauvage' Chardonnay 2013
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2013 Chardonnay Cuvée Sauvage is a beauty from Franciscan Estate. No doubt, based on the name, it was wild yeast fermented with some of their best fruit from Carneros. The wine was aged for 16 months in 100% French oak, and shows nice honeysuckle, poached pear, and citrus oil

Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
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90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 “Light and bright, this wine is grassy, with intermingling layers of kumquat, lime zest and a restrained touch of oak, fully realized in its purpose of refreshment. It has all the makings of a wonderful starter-course pairing, particularly if shellfish is involved.”~VB  "Pale

Franciscan Estate 'Equilibrium' White Blend 2015
The Tasting Pannel 94 “A sumptuous blend of Chardonnay, Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc, with a nose that is akin to an expensive perfume: green grass, mint tea and white pear. The avors settle on the palate with a frisky acidity. White geranium and a touch of magnolia make for a oral gem. There is an

Franciscan 'Estate' Merlot 2013
"Deep scarlet with a lovely plum nose, rich fruit, violets, and dark chocolate. Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, and tobacco envelop the fruit. Smooth and full bodied with a core of dark cherry fruit and layers of anise, spice, and cocoa. Well-knit with a vibrant yet plush midpalate, and a

Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Winereviewonline.com 90" it has fresh lime and pink grapefruity flavors, and wonderfully refreshing acidity that invigorates the taste buds." ~MT

Franciscan 'Estate' Chardonnay 2014
The Tasting Panel 93 "The palate feel is graceful, harmonious while the wine's richness is an element of the overall harmony of fruit, acid and minerals..."  Winereviewonline.com 92 "Highlighted by notes of pear and apple lightly accented by vanilla, it is creamy and full-bodied without being at

Franciscan 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
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90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90 "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."  "Deep garnet with a lovely plum nose and rich fruit with layers of complexity. Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry,

Franciscan 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 6.0L
"Deep garnet with a lovely plum nose and rich fruit with layers of complexity. Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco, and leather envelop the fruit. Ripe entry of cherries and cassis showcases a full, well-structured palate. Textured and rich, the mouthfeel is balanced and generous showing

Franciscan 'Magnificat' Red Blend 2012
90  Wine & Spirits 
Tasting Panel 95 "Aged for 20 months in the 70% new oak, this is one of California's original Meritage blends, a wine produced since 1985 and one of my all time favorites. The 73% Cabernet Sauvignon (followed by Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc)is name for Bach's masterpiece.." 

Franciscan 'Estate' Merlot 2012
"Deep cassis, dark berry, mocha, vanilla, and sweet cherry intertwine to reveal a rich, fruit-forward palate. Supple, well built, and textured with generous body, finely woven tannins, and a long finish of berries with notes of nutmeg, allspice, and dark chocolate." ~Winery Notes

Franciscan 'Cuvee Sauvage' Chardonnay 2012
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91"True to cool climate Chardonnay, this wine expresses elegant minerality in the form of crushed seashells. Flavors of ripe pear and apple pie fill the palate, complemented by sweet notes of cream, honey, and subtle cardamom spice. The finish is smooth, long, rich, and elegant."

Franciscan 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"Smooth entry, with lively ripe, fresh berries followed by vanilla and cocoa flavors that fill the palate. Smooth and textural, with generous body and supple tannins. Very well balanced. The finish evokes dark cherry and sage, with hints of allspice and vanilla that linger seamlessly." ~Winery Notes

Franciscan Estate 'Equilibrium' White Blend 2013
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" Our Equilibrium white blend is a rich, fun, and unique wine that’s easy to enjoy. The name Equilibrium means “to come together in a state of harmonious balance.” With this in mind, our winemakers crafted a unique expression of artisanal blending. Crisp mouthfeel showing bright floral notes along

Franciscan 'Cuvee Sauvage' Chardonnay 2011
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93  Anthony Dias Blue 
Anthony Dias Blue 93 “Bright and juicy with citrus, vanilla, and bracing acidity; racy, pure, and showing toasty oak and lovely balance; a great wine at a terrific price; natural yeast fermentation.” – Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, June 2013  "With a wet spring and very cool growing

Franciscan 'Cuvee Sauvage' Chardonnay 2011
Tasting Panel 93“Bright and juicy with citrus, vanilla, and bracing acidity; racy, pure, and showing toasty oak and lovely balance; a great wine at a terri? c price; natural yeast fermentation.”– Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, June 2013