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1997 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Rich Oakville Cab
02/20/2001
by Dibber
It's really puzzling why this wine was panned by Spectator. Maybe they drank it too soon after opening. It needs to air for 30 minutes or so. I found it rich, concentrated and surprisingly well balanced. Tannins are soft and long. I bet it will improve over the next few years. All this for less than $20.00. Amazing.
Excellent
03/29/2001
by Burwood
Well balanced. Excellent. Attractive price. Buy! Buy! Buy!
Franciscan Cabernet
01/15/2001
by RedSonia
Nice, full bodied wine for the price

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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