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Franciscan Oakville Estate

Franciscan Oakville Estate Franciscan Oakville Estate has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley's Oakville District. The winery marked its Silver Anniversary in 1998, celebrating 25 years of ever-increasing quality and growing prestige. Located in the heart of the Oakville appellation, the Franciscan Oakville Estate vineyards are surrounded by equally illustrious neighbors, including Opus One, Beringer, Silver Oak and Groth. The stellar reputation achieved by wines from this area attests to the fact that Oakville's climate and soil produce grapes of exceptional quality. Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who were making their foray into the wine business. When this group declared bankruptcy just a few years later, Raymond Duncan and Justin Meyer, business and winemaking partners who also owned Silver Oak, bought Franciscan in 1975. At that time, the company owned nearly 300 acres in the Oakville District of Napa Valley and an equal amount of property in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. In 1978, the Peter Eckes Company of Germany purchased the Franciscan estate vineyards and brand. Duncan and Meyer retained a parcel of the original property for Silver Oak, and Justin Meyer stayed on as president of Franciscan. But Meyer's heart was in Silver Oak, and in the early '80s, the Eckes family began looking for a new president for Franciscan. During their search, they contacted Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country and was now an international marketing executive with Seagram. Their query: How do we get Franciscan back on track? In short order, they offered Huneeus a partnership; he accepted, becoming president in 1985. Looking back, Huneeus says the only reason he agreed to come on-board was the value of Franciscan's vineyards. As President, his first move was to begin making Franciscan wines using Franciscan grapes. "It's crazy, but the winery was buying lesser quality grapes for its own wines and selling off the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards," he remembers. His second move was to create a separate brand in 1986 for the Alexander Valley estate - Estancia. "I believe fervently in the concept of terroir," he explains. "Wine is a statement of place. The fruit from Oakville is different from the fruit from the Alexander Valley, and those distinctions must be preserved and respected."

Directions
From Highway 101 North: Go over Golden Gate Bridge out of San Francisco and follow Highway 101 North towards Novato. Take the Highway 37- Napa/Vallejo exit and follow Highway 37 east toward Vallejo. Make a left at Highway 121- Sonoma/Napa. Follow Highway 121 for approximately 7 miles. Veer right to Highway 121- Sonoma/Napa. Follow Highway 121 to the Highway 29 intersection. Turn left onto Highway 29 North to St. Helena. Heading north you will pass through the towns of Napa, Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford. After passing through Rutherford, travel one mile north. Franciscan Oakville Estate will be on the right hand side on Galleron Road. From Highway 80 West: Traveling west on Interstate 80 you will pass through the towns of Davis, Vacaville and Fairfield. Take the Highway 12 West- Napa exit. Follow Highway 12 west to Highway 29. Turn right onto Highway 29 North- Calistoga (St. Helena). Heading north you will pass through the towns of Napa, Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. After passing through Rutherford, travel one mile north. Franciscan Oakville Estate will be on the right hand side on Galleron Road.


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1178 Galleron Road, St. Helena, CA, US, 94574 Email: visitorcenter@franciscan.com
Phone: 800-529-9463 Web: www.franciscan.com
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Products



  2001 Napa Valley Zinfandel
  2002 CuvĂ©e Sauvage Wild Yeast Chardonnay
  Magnificat Napa Valley Meritage
Full, round, richly flavored and balanced. Deep, ripe fruit characters with hints of vanilla and spice. Structured and harmonious for long aging. Finishes with rich but soft tannins and sweet mouth feel from the oak. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 1% Petite Verdot
  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon is a quintessential Napa Valley Cab. The season provided the ideal combination of cool evenings and warm-cool days. Allowing a slow, even ripening that let tannins, sugars and flavors develop in unison. The result of this long hang time is a wine with supple tannins, complexity, intense flavors and excellent overall balance.
  Napa Valley Chardonnay
The Chardonnay from our Oakville estate is characterized by luscious flavors of apple, pear and honey. The ripe fruit flavors of this wine are subtly balanced with nuances of oak resulting in a fresh, elegant wine.
  Napa Valley Chardonnay
The Chardonnay from our Oakville estate is characterized by luscious flavors of apple, pear and honey. The ripe fruit flavors of this wine are subtly balanced with nuances of oak resulting in a fresh, elegant wine.
  Napa Valley Merlot
This wine shows rich, lush and velvety fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries that merge with light toasted oak. Our Oakville estate produces distinctive, supple Merlot characterized by flavors of cherries and plums. Blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this wine is well balanced and structured with a lingering finish.
  Napa Valley Merlot
This wine shows rich, lush and velvety fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries that merge with light toasted oak. Our Oakville estate produces distinctive, supple Merlot characterized by flavors of cherries and plums. Blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this wine is well balanced and structured with a lingering finish.

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