Founded in 1972 by a group of friends from San Francisco, this winery was given new energy in ’85 by Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile determined to focus solely on crafting wine from the superlative estate grapes. Today, this small-lot winery is known for limited runs of rich, vibrant wines with supple tannins. This Bordeaux style blend has a beautiful nose of ripe cherry and crème brulee with mouth-filling dark berry flavors and a smooth, lingering cherry finish.
Franciscan is one of those Napa Valley legends that proudly asserts itself on Napa's iconic Highway 29. Located in Saint Helena, the winery was founded in 1973 by Justin Meyer (the same guy who helped start Silver Oak) a few decades before much of the valley was parceled out into smaller sub-AVA's as it is today. From the start, the forward thinking winemaking team at Franciscan saw potential in certain areas whose grapes were of the highest quality. Oakville was one of those early discoveries, and they began making wines from their Oakville estate in 1975. They also pioneered the art of blending with both different grape varieties or small lots from highly distinctive vineyards throughout the valley. They ultimately created one of the first California Meritage wines that would come to be known as "Magnificat." While Cabernets and other lush reds are still their bread and butter, they've created quite the following for their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc too. Jut another example that this illustrious house is no one trick pony.