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2014 Franciscan Merlot

As Tasted At Stone Creek Restaurant,
Zionsville, Indiana

2014 Franciscan Merlot

Vintage:
2014

Location:
Oakville,
Napa Valley,
California,
United States

Producer:
Franciscan Estate

Alcohol:
13.5%

RATING
85

PRICE
$11 (Glass)

Review Date:
November 10, 2018

Recommended Drinking Window:
2015-2018

Review Location:
Stone Creek Restaurant,
Zionsville, Indiana

Newsletter Issue:
Non-Newsletter

Blueberry, red cherry, tobacco, leather and underbrush highlight the aroma of the 2014 Franciscan Merlot.  The tobacco really overwhelms the nose as does the oak.  Heavy body, but grippy tannins dry out the mouth.  Not highly acidic (in fact, relatively low acidity).  With heavy tobacco/oak and little acidity, the one becomes more one-dimensional with little complexity.  Not bad with a big juicy steak, but also not a wine to drink by itself.

 

Wine Maker’s Notes:
“For over 40 years, Franciscan winemakers have sourced our remarkable grapes from some of the best vineyards in California, crafting lots slowly and carefully for fuller body with unmistakable character. We chase a perfection we think every glass of Franciscan deserves, and we will continue to do so in each batch and bottle to come.”

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