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2011 Franciscan Chardonnay "Cuvee Sauvage"

Franciscan 2011 Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay

Winery: Franciscan

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee Sauvage"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Carneros

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 3,500

KWG Score: 88 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: October 15, 2013

Wine Review: This white gold colored Chardonnay opens with a mild old oak bouquet with a hint of pineapple and pear. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, acidic and bright. The flavor profile is a mild oak infused green apple with hints of Bartlett pear and honey. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This is a very nice Chard. I would pair it with chicken and wild mushroom ravioli with a rich brown butter cream sauce. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker 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, creme brulee, honey, and citrus on a foundation of minerality, fresh cream, and crisp acidity. Persistent, rich, citrus-infused finish.

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