Franciscan Estate Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay 2013


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Delicate lemon yellow in appearance with aromas of lemon, crème brûlée, toasted hazelnut and vanilla over a backdrop of fresh pear. Lovely rich entry, generous weight and body bring deep baked pear and apple flavors with bright lemon highlights, spice, and rich cream. Very expressive and full bodied with a lingering finish of river rock minerality, toasty oak, and honey.
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Carneros
Brand Franciscan Estate
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastThis wine is medium to full bodied, with integrated, toasty oak and a healthy dose of baked apple and pear. Made in a luxurious style, it delivers in flavor and subtle elegance, with the structure to age further. Drink through 2020.

Virginie Boone, March 1, 2016
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Chardonnay Cuvée Sauvage is a beauty from Franciscan Estate. No doubt, based on the name, it was wild yeast fermented with some of their best fruit from Carneros. The wine was aged for 16 months in 100% French oak, and shows nice honeysuckle, poached pear and citrus oil in a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure and fresh style. This is very Burgundian and could age nicely for another 4-5 years.

Robert Parker, December 2015
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorAims for a rich, ripe mix of fruit and oak, succeeding with toasty marshmallow and vanilla-laced flavors. Creamy texture. Drink now. 4,895 cases made.

James Laube, December 15, 2015

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