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Franciscan Estate

  • 1178 Galleron Rd. Map It
  • St. Helena
  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Light streams through the full-length clerestory window of this bustling winery's main tasting space. You can also sip wines in small, private rooms and, on weekends in summer and fall, on an outdoor patio. Winemaker Janet Myers's best reds—among them the Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet-heavy Magnificat blend—are bold yet smooth, with just enough tannins to build character but not overwhelm. The Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay, fermented using only natural yeasts, is another standout, with two Sauvignon Blanc–based blends among the other crowd-pleasing whites. Franciscan also pours the complex red wines—including the truly lofty Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1550—of its separate Mount Veeder Winery. On Friday, Franciscan offers a three-course lunch paired with top Franciscan vintages ($135).

Sight Information

Address:

1178 Galleron Rd., at Hwy. 29, St. Helena, California, 94574, USA

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Phone:

707-967–3830

Sight Details:

  • Tastings $20–$40, blending and sensory seminars $50

Published 07/06/2016

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