2011 Franciscan Estate Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay Carneros
Wine Specs
100% barrel fermented, sur lie aged
Alcohol %

2011 Franciscan Estate Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay Carneros

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SKU: 80000706-11
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Appearance: Delicate lemon yellow

Aromas: An opulent, complex bouquet of honeyed Fuji apple, ripe pear, honeysuckle, vanilla, and a hint of fresh citrus wafts out of the glass with creamy undertones of melon and minerality.

Flavors: Full bodied, yet elegant and graceful, it offers an irresistible counterpoint of rich, creamy flavors impeccably balanced by bright, citrusy freshness. Opening with sweet ripe pear, honeysuckle, and vanilla bean, it evolves into lush layers of baked apple, crème brûlée, honey, and citrus on a foundation of minerality, fresh cream, and crisp acidity. Persistent, rich, citrus-infused finish.
93 pts.

“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
Vineyard Notes
With a wet spring and very cool growing season, the 2011 vintage produced white wines of great minerality, elegance, and vibrancy. The grapes ripened slowly in the mild conditions and our Chardonnay harvest began on September 16, about two weeks later than usual. Our Larsen Estate vineyard was harvested even later. We began picking on September 26. As the last of the Carneros Chardonnay came in on October 1, we were grateful for the warm, dry harvest conditions in September. The extended growing season allowed a generous amount of hang time, which translated to excellent flavor maturity and optimum sugar-to-acid balance.
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