2007 Franciscan Chardonnay "Cuvee Sauvage"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee Sauvage"
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 4,068
KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)
Review date: May 12, 2011
Wine Review: This yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a very attractive lemon, pear, and mild oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, very well balanced, and refined. The flavor profile is a delicious green apple and Anjou pear blend with nicely integrated mild oak and gentle tangerine. The finish is dry and elegant. This excellent Chardonnay paired perfectly with a grilled Halibut with a lemon cream butter sauce at the Sea Grille. It will be a real hit with fans of the traditional California Chardonnay style. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Delicate lemon yellow colored with honey, bright apple, lemon and cream aromas. There are also flinty mineral notes and vanilla toasty oak highlights. Complex and layered. Round and mouth-filling, with flavors of rich pear, apple, and honeysuckle filling the palate. Vibrant citrus, honey, and mineral notes highlight the long finish. Textural and elegant.
Organic status: not organic
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