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Rating: B-C
Oct 14th, 2006
1178 Galleron Road, Hwy 29 at Galleron, St Helena, CA 94574

Phone: 707 967 3830

Hours: Open Daily 10am - 5pm

Club/Discounts: Expressions of Terroir. Multiple Winery Club. 20% - 30% Discount

Tasting Fees: Classic: $10, Limited Edition: $15, Mt Veeder: $15

Franciscan is another large, popular winery along Hwy 29 just before St Helena. The tasting room is very big and caters to a large crowd. We definitely recommend avoiding this area on a Saturday or Sunday as the traffic can be pretty bad, but if you do happen to be in the area, Franciscan is worth a visit. The Franciscan wines are consistently great value, which is surprising for this part of Napa. Their standard Merlot and Cabernet are always good drinking wines and are priced very well. Because the winery caters to a large tourist crowd, you can expect the service to not be as attentive as a smaller less popular winery. The servers do not care as much if you buy the wine or not as they will sell them anyway. We were at the counter for more than 5 minutes until we got an acknowledgement.

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2000 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)Rating: C
Oct 14th, 2006
Nice smooth tannins, good fruit upfront, nice finish. Will develop more but a nice wine
2001 Mount Veeder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($105)Rating: C
Oct 14th, 2006
Very well structured, medium finish. Drinking very well at the moment. Would rate higher but not worth the money
2003 Franciscan Magnificat ($45)Rating: C
Oct 14th, 2006
Wow. We were impressed with the Bordeaux Blend. Very well structured, good fruit and soft tannins. I would like to try this wine again in a few years. Great value under $50.
2000 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($19)Rating: B-C
Feb 11th, 2004
Nice chewy cabernet, easy finish
2003 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon ($28)Rating: B-C
Oct 14th, 2006
Nice Cabernet. Smooth, well balanced wine. Definitely would not hold onto it too long but a great everyday value wine
2003 Franciscan Merlot ($22)Rating: B-C
Oct 14th, 2006
Nice fruity nose. Light finish. Vanishes quickly but does have a good structure. Great value at $22
2003 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)Rating: B-C
Oct 14th, 2006
Starts tight, better in middle, short finish. This wine should improve with a little time in the bottle
2004 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)Rating: B-C
Jan 15th, 2008
Claret coloured, with strong berry and coffee nose. Dry nut fills the mouth with rounded tannins - went well with Prime Rib. Should improve with a couple of years of storage.
2004 Napa Valley Merlot ($22)Rating: B
Apr 5th, 2008
Dark garnet colour, with good fruit on the nose. some tannin on the palate, but a short finish.
2004 Mount Veeder Zinfandel ($25)Rating: A-B
Oct 14th, 2006
Sharp finish. Ian tasted vanilla / pepper. We did not like it

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