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2010 Franciscan Merlot "Napa Valley"

Franciscan 2010 Merlot

Winery: Franciscan

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 100% Merlot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $21

Cases produced: 20,439

KWG Score: 88.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: August 24, 2013

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Merlot from Napa Valley opens with a slight barnyard and mild black cherry bouquet with a hint of black olive. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, smooth and a little bit thin. The flavor profile is a mild black currant with a touch of mineral, tart black cherry and oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins build up and linger for a bit. The panel suggested pairing this wine with a juicy Angus bacon burger. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Appearance: Rich garnet Aromas: A richly expressive, yet vibrant mélange of bright fruit—juicy framboise, warm black plum, cassis, and ripe black cherry—draws you in, layered with sweet anise, vanilla, and subtle notes of cardamom and cola. Flavors: Full and lush on the palate, the supple, fleshy mouthfeel will bring you back. A plush core of ripe Santa Rosa plum, black cherry, and blackberry is framed by rich mocha, vanilla, and anise with traces of tobacco and sweet sage. Elegant and impeccably balanced with a dark cherry and vanilla-infused finish.

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