2011 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.0g/L
pH
3.74
Aging
20 months in small oak barrels; 25% new oak
Fermentation
Pre-fermentation cold soak of four days, total fermentation and maceration time of 22 days
Alcohol %
13.5

2011 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Complex and vibrant aromas of red plum, cherry, and forest berries mingle with deeper notes of violet, earthy tobacco, and leather, accented by hints of vanilla.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot, 1% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc

Appearance: Deep Garnet

Aromas: Complex and vibrant aromas of red plum, cherry, and forest berries mingle with deeper notes of violet, earthy tobacco, and leather, accented by hints of vanilla. Dried herbs like marjoram and oregano add complexity.

Flavors: A smooth and silky texture on the palate frames generous flavors of ripe plum and dark cherry, with notes of vanilla and black pepper. Smooth tannins and well-integrated structure tie together and linger in the long finish.

Awards
Best of Class, Gold Medal, 94 Points - Los Angeles International Wine Competition, May 2014
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 Vineyard on October 3. With an impending rain event, our vineyard crew worked to open up the canopy with leaf removal for airflow 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. It was unseasonably warm on some days, even reaching 90°F in Oakville on October 23. The last Franciscan Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on October 24.
Winemaker Notes
Over three decades ago, Justin Meyer took over the winemaking at Franciscan Estate with a highly meticulous approach. Dividing our Oakville Estate into sections, he fermented and aged each vineyard block separately to bring out the best expression of each lot, then blended the best lots together to create wines of distinction. Thus began our tradition of small-lot winemaking, which I am proud to continue today.

Each vintage, we make over 200 separate lots of Bordeaux varietals, honing the blend during 18 months of barrel aging. Only the finest lots are included in each glass of Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, to show the best of the vineyards and the vintage.

Product Reviews
Karen Cargill's Gravatar
Karen Cargill
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(Feb 16, 2014 at 8:12 AM)
Haven't had yet

Two Sox's Gravatar
Two Sox
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(Feb 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM)
medium bodies, tart cabernet, high in tannins. Uncomfortable to drink, not poor, just ok. Many better options for the cost.

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George jamieson
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(Mar 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM)
How can Karen C, give 2 stars and she says "Haven't had yet" ??? I found it very smooth but rich with flavor. Lets face it in Napa Cab's its either good or very good!

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Steve p
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(Mar 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM)
Please this is great wine

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Jwow
1 1 1 1 1
(Mar 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM)
Slightly tart, but fantastic after a long week at work.

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Jim
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(Apr 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM)
I'm sorry but i have just thrown away my second bottle of 2011 Cab. Franciscan has been my favorite for awhile but 2011 has really let me down. This is the first time I have written a wine review.

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ee
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(May 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM)
For the $, one of the better wines. Agree with the earlier review, Napa cab is either good or very good.

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jeff davidson
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(Jun 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM)
Wonderful choice

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PennyVit
1 1 1 1 1
(Jun 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM)
Love this Cab! consistently great

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