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Franciscan Oakville Estate Merlot, Napa Valley, USA

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Search Rank 2803 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 2803rd most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 4831st

Award Organization Award Year Result
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2005 Schott Zwiesel Bronze

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Grape Variety

Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the southwest of France. It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world and, in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally, it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon.

In France, Merlot is the most widely planted red wine variety of all, and it is also extremely popular in northern Italy and the warmer areas of southern ...more

  • Napa Valley, an hour's drive north of San Francisco, California, is the most famous and prestigious wine region anywhere in the New World. Although a number of grape varieties are grown in the valley's vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic 'Napa Cab', the archetypal Napa Valley wine, is a rich, oak-aged red with aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla and smoky, bittersweet chocolate.

    Situated immediately north of San Pablo Bay, the valley runs roughly SE - NW for approximately 35 miles (57km) between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges (to the east and west respectively). The scenic 40-minute drive between the Napa and Calistoga townships passes through some of the most valuable viticultural real estate on Earth.

  • Napa County is the best-known county (in wine terms, at least) in the larger North Coast AVA of California, largely because it includes the world-famous Napa Valley AVA, which covers most of the region. Napa County lies between Yolo County to the east and Sonoma County to the west. Na...more

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