1997 St. Francis "Reserve" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #990502 90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (almost totally from the Nun's Canyon Vineyard) is reasonably priced for a wine of such high quality. An opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, bold, spicy, oaky nose infused with licorice, coffee, and abundant quantities of blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, rich, and impressive, with sweet tannin as well as abundant wood... (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2000)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Taut but complex aromatics of black plum, chocolate, soy, and cedar open this very dark-hued contender. The oak here is lavish, and the wine appeals with its dark-cherry and toast flavors. Closes with a dry, evenly tannic finish. The insistent heavy toast makes it perhaps a bit of a one-noter, but it’s a good example of this popular style. Inner quote mark (11/2000)

K&L Notes

In 1971, Joe Martin founded St. Francis Vineyards in Sonoma County with the planting of 22 acres of Chardonnay and 60 acres of Merlot. In 1979, Martin partnered up with Lloyd Canton and opened his winery, which has a longstanding history of excellence.

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