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Franciscan Chardonnay 2015 Wine Review

Franciscan Chardonnay 2015

Franciscan Chardonnay 2015

Napa Valley, California, United States

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $25.95

Drink: 2018-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Franciscan

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 88/100

Boston cream pie on the nose and palate from oak aging, that follows through with a rich texture on the palate. Lots of butter, butterscotch, caramel, and toffee-vanilla notes. Full-bodied and luscious with fleshy peach emerging on the palate. Finishes smoky. Pair with roast chicken or turkey.

Chardonnay food pairings: barbecued chicken, pasta with white sauce, fruit and cheese platter.

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This Franciscan Chardonnay 2015 was reviewed on March 17, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Rich golden colour as one can expect for an oaked Napa Chardonnay, but it's the balance and freshness on the finish that makes the Franciscan Napa Chard a (value-priced) wine to get excited about. The nose displays a fragrant bouquet of sweet yellow apple, pear, and baked vanilla-almond french toast. Franciscan's Napa Valley Chardonnay is rich and luscious in style yet with an elegant fresh finish which winemaker Janet Myers aims to achieve each vintage, thanks in part to sourcing some of her Napa Chardonnay from slightly cooler vineyards where the fruit displays great freshness. Barrel fermented in a blend of French and American oak, only 27% first use, and left sur lie for seven months to contribute to aromatic, flavor, and textural complexity, the palate is creamy with layers of rich baked apple, pear, spice, and subtle tannins on the finish. A Chardonnay with great texture that would be wonderful alongside rosemary roasted pork with maple apple sauce. Tasted March 2018. 90+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Tony rated this wine as 90/100
Lynn Van Der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Incredible layers in this Chardonnay! Rich golden hue in the glass, with aromas of toasted pecans, butterscotch and cider that carry through to a luscious palate of apple
pie before transforming into a lengthy citrus finish.
Wonderful with barbecued ribs.
Tasted June 2018.
Franciscan 2015 is a dry, ripe stonefruit, buttery, toffee-flavoured, smoky and weighty Chardonnay from the Napa Valley, all wrapped up with a refreshing acidity. So expressive, elegant and well-balanced. Franciscan Estate was established in 1973 and began producing wines in 1975. Pair with roast chicken. - Community Wine Reviews

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