St. Francis Merlot 2012


SKU 14106


The grapes for St. Francis Merlot come from estate vineyards in the Sonoma and Russian River valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Alexander Valley and Rockpile. All grapes are hand harvested, gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold soaking to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, and fermented in separate lots using a combination of pump-overs and rack-and-return to soften tannins. The wine is matured in oak barrels. This Merlot is smooth and elegant with classic flavors and aromas of cherry, chocolate and plum. Its silky structure is balanced by soft tannins and a bold, lengthy finish.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Brand St. Francis
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorStraightforward and focused, with appealing flavors of red currant, toasted spice and herb. Drink now through 2020. 32,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2015
  • we84

Wine EnthusiastLeathery cedar and ripe, almost baked blackberry and blueberry commingle in this generously tannic wine, which has a note of bitterness at its end.

Virginie Boone, September 1, 2015