2013 Franciscan Chardonnay "Napa Valley"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 130,000
KWG Score: 88 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)
Review date: April 19, 2016
Wine Review: This light yellow colored Chardonnay from Franciscan opens with a fragrant lemon and new oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, slightly acidic and round. The flavor profile is an vanilla oak influenced apple with notes of pineapple and white pepper spice. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and tingly acidity linger and last for quite a while. This Chard would be a nice wedding wine that can be paired with chicken francese. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Pale yellow, flinty mineral notes with hints of pear compote and vanilla bean, followed by toasted hazelnuts and Meyer lemon curd. Lovely, creamy, and vibrant with honeycrisp apple and pear fruit filling the palate. White nectarine and lemon zest lead to a round and generous mouthfeel with a crisp line of minerality.
Organic status: not organic
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