At Franciscan Oakville Estate each of our wines has its own singular way of expressing the ground from which it was born. Being a vineyard-based company is the essence of our philosophy. We believe that great wines are a reflection of their terroir - the combination of soil, topography, microclimate and people which makes each site unique. We are committed to strengthening this tie of wine to its soil, to its "somewhereness," so that each of our wines is the stylistic expression of our vineyards. "Wine is a statement of place." This is the passionately held belief of Vintner Chairman Agustin Huneeus. "We base our future on the fact that wines should be -- and will be -- known for the properties from which they originate rather than their varietal composition. It's more the place than the variety that determines a wine's character." With our emphasis on terroir, blending plays an important role to create the best, most unique wines from our estate. Historically, the great winemaking cultures have created their finest wines through the art of blending. This is particularly obvious in the finest wines of Bordeaux, where layered complexity comes from filling in elements from a palette of different flavor components. Determining the exact composition of the blend is an art form whereby each of our red wines is crafted to reveal the singular qualities of each Franciscan Oakville Estate vineyard. Visit the Franciscan website.
Appearance: Pale straw. Aromas: Vivacious and extravagantly aromatic with lime zest, white grapefruit, honeydew melon, and lemongrass. Bright, effusive layers of fresh citrus and tropical fruit are interwoven with subtle mineral and floral notes and a hint of sweet vanilla bean. Flavors: Full and lively on the palate, brimming with ... more
Each vintage, we make over 200 separate lots of Bordeaux varietals, honing the blend during 18 months of barrel aging. Only the finest lots are included in each glass of Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, to show the best of the vineyards, and the vintage. more
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 ... more
Wine which is produced and bottled under strict supervision and meets all standards to be certified Kosher.
Wine which is produced using organic practices and is free of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides.
Biodynamic designation is regulated by Demeter, an international certification organization. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the view of a farm as a self-contained organism. Certified organic vineyards must meet Demeter"s additional criteria for a period of one year before earning the designation "biodynamic."
Sustainable practices incorporate organic standards and may exceed them and include ecologically and socially sound business practices such as fair pay for farm workers and energy conservation.
Wines sealed with a screw cap as opposed to a cork, which experts report protects and preserves wine more effectively than does a cork, while also eliminating the possibility of cork taint.
All wines naturally contain some sulfites, however wines that contain less than 10 parts per million sulfites are not required to include "Contains Sulfites" on their labels.
Wines that are still in the barrel and have yet to be bottled. Futures offer the opportunity to invest in a wine before it arrives in our store.
Like futures, pre-arrivals are wines that have not yet arrived on our shelves, however they may or may not be a new release. Pre-arrivals may already be bottled and en route to our store.
The Wine Advocate is a bimonthly wine publication featuring the consumer advice of wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. Initially titled The Baltimore-Washington Wine Advocate the first issue was published in 1978. Accepting no advertising, the newsletter publishes in excess of 7,500 reviews per year, utilizing Parker's rating system that employs a 50-100 point quality scale.
Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture. It publishes 15 issues per year with content that includes news, articles, profiles, and general entertainment pieces. Each issue also includes from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews, which consist of wine ratings and tasting notes.
International Wine Cellar
Since 1997, the 100% subscriber-supported IWC has also been available in French and Japanese editions.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a lifestyle magazine covering wine, food, spirits, travel and entertaining topics. It was founded in 1988 by Adam and Sybil Strum and reaches 686,000 readers. Its wine ratings, conducted by reviewers in major wine-producing areas of the world, are considered an influential gauge for consumers and professionals in the wine industry.
Wine & Spirits
Wine and Spirits is America's practical guide to the straightforward, enlightened enjoyment of fine wine and and premium spirits. We have for 18 years served customers and marketers alike with a lively mix of wine reviews, features, profiles, food and wine pairings, new product introductions, travel pieces, history, opinion and wine business news.
Burghound.com was the first of its kind to offer specialized, and more importantly, exhaustive coverage of a specific wine region. The first Issue was released in January of 2001 and there are now subscribers in more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states. Allen Meadows spends over four months a year in Burgundy and visits more than 300 domaines during that time.
James is one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian wine, matching intelligent, honest reviews with unparalleled knowledge of, and passion for, the wine industry.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
For thirty-five years, Connoisseurs’ Guide has been the authoritative voice of the California wine consumer. With readers in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries, the Guide is valued by wine lovers everywhere for its honesty and for it strong adherence to the principles of transparency, unbiased, hard-hitting opinions.
I rate wines using the 100-points scale. I have used this point system for close to 25 years. I still believe it is the simplest way to rate a wine, with its origins from grade school in the United States. A wine that I rate 90 points or more is outstanding (A), and worth buying. If I rate a wine 95 points or more (A+), it is a must buy.
View from the Cellar
View From the Cellar, an electronic wine newsletter published bi-monthly by John Gilman.
Homepage for wine writer, Neal Martin's, "Diary of a Wine Writer".
Malt Advocate magazine is America's leading whisky magazine. It's the number one source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts.
The Rhone Report
Dedicated to the wines and grapes of the Rhone Valley
Wine Review Online
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