2007 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
I’ve always been a fan of Franciscan wines because of their attractive label, delicious wine, and nice price point at about $25. Franciscan is devoted to “making wines in small, hand crafted lots and blending to perfection.”
This one has a very dark eggplant-skin color. Really nice aroma of black cherry and dried fig, and just a hint of a woody, leathery aroma like cigar box. On my first sip, my impression is this wine is very rich but smooth. The acidity, sweetness and tannins are nicely balanced. It leaves a lingering chocolatey blackberry flavor on the tongue.
I continue to believe Franciscan offers a pretty good value here for about $25. This is a very enjoyable, easy-sipping wine.
Final Grade: B+.
The Technical Stuff:
Date Tasted: June 19, 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Franciscan Estate
Region: Napa Valley, California
Aged in oak for 20 months.