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Monday, December 3, 2012

2011 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay

The 2011 rainy season was very good for this Chardonnay.  This 2011 vintage is a 100% varietal that was seven month sur lie and the result is wonderful.  This medium yellow wine presents a cinnamon applesauce aroma with spring flowers and citrus fruits.  In the mouth is a very lively and silky wine with apple, lemon zest and pear.  When served at proper temperature (not too cold folks) more flavors of melon and lemon custard also show themselves.  The finish is clearly refreshing and it dances in the mouth.

ABV:  13.5%
AVA:  Napa Valley
Cases Produced:  74,000
Retail Price:  $18.00
Score:  89 

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