2011 Franciscan Estate Merlot Napa Valley
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.67
Fermentation
Pre-fermentation cold soak of 4 days to enhance color and body. Fermentation and maceration averaging 16 days to build structure and integrate mouthfeel.
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine & Spirits
90

2011 Franciscan Estate Merlot Napa Valley

Pretty, layered cassis with tobacco and baking spices. Sweeter notes of caramel and vanilla combine with sweet herbs like sage and marjoram. 

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
82% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 2% Syrah

Appearance: Deep scarlet
Aromas: Pretty, layered cassis with tobacco and baking spices. Sweeter notes of caramel and vanilla combine with sweet herbs like sage and marjoram. Deep black cherry and plum are followed by deeper layers of anise and leather.
Flavors: Supple entry with rich dark berry and black currant notes, highlighted with mocha, clove, and hints of rosemary. Very textural and elegant, fills the palate and leads to a long finish of blackberry, hazelnut, and cocoa nibs. Excellent balance.

Ratings
Rated 90 Points & Best Buy - Wine & Spirits, August 2014
“This has the full suppleness of merlot along with an herbal note of fresh thyme, a delicacy to contrast the wine’s weight. The dusty blueberry and strawberry flavors will meld with roast beef.” ~ Joshua Greene
Vineyard Notes
2011 was another cool growing season. December was very wet, with January very dry and warm. La Niña brought more late-winter rains and spring showers through the end of June. The rainfall total for 2011 ended up at 125% of normal. Two weeks of summer heat at the end of September led to the harvest of the first Bordeaux reds off of our Oakville Estate on October 3. With an impending rain event, our vineyard crew worked to open up the canopy with leaf removal for air flow and sun exposure in early October. For the last three weeks of October, the skies cleared and the sun came out for a fantastic long stretch of dry weather. The rain and cool weather of early October paused ripening, and the Indian summer got maturation rolling again. The last Franciscan Oakville Estate Merlot was picked on October 14, while the last of our Oak Knoll Merlot was harvested on October 18.
Winemaker Notes
Our goal with Merlot is to showcase the best of this noble Bordeaux variety. We start by sourcing fruit from our Oakville Estate, which provides generous body and structure giving our Merlot “big shoulders.” We then blend in fruit from vineyards in the cooler southern half of the Napa Valley, stretching from the Oakville District south to Carneros, in particular the renowned subdistrict of Oak Knoll. From these vineyards the Merlot shows vibrant flavors, dense color, and supple texture. Each vineyard block is made separately, giving it the care and attention needed to reach its full expression. Together, the lots combine beautifully. Our Merlot is often called a “Cab-lover’s” Merlot for its body and richness, a designation in which we are proud.
Product Reviews
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Dave
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(Feb 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM)
very flavorful,

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Barry Chandler
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(Aug 27, 2014 at 8:52 AM)
Loved it ! Went very well with our dinner in Las Vegas.

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