2013 Franciscan "Cuvee Sauvage" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1272532 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This 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. (VB)  (3/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* While Franciscan's basic Napa Valley Chardonnay earns its star for cleanliness and keen, fresh-apple fruit, this far more ambitious offering goes several steps further in terms of fruity depth and its considerable oak and lees complexity. It is fairly broad on the palate and slightly oily in feel with layered flavors of ripe apples, lemon custard and toast, but is enlivened and lifted by nicely measured acidity and never comes close to being heavy. It is easy to taste now but is balanced to keep, and it has the pieces in place to age gracefully and grow for another two or three years.  (1/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 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. (RP)  (12/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Aims for a rich, ripe mix of fruit and oak, succeeding with toasty marshmallow and vanilla-laced flavors. Creamy texture. (JL)  (12/2015)

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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.