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Brand's Heritage

For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. The winery’s founder, Joe Martin, fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley. After achieving great success as a grower, Joe opened his own winery in 1979 with his business partner Lloyd Canton.

Most Coveted Old Vines Zinfadel

Today, a new generation of winemakers, Katie Madigan and Chris Louton, continues the winery’s long tradition of luscious, elegant, fruit-driven wines from Sonoma County grapes. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards farm more than 400 acres of Certified Sustainable estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, each with varying compositions of loam, clay and volcanic soils. They also nurture long-term relationships with top Sonoma County grape growers, giving them access to some of the region's most coveted old vines Zinfandel and other varietals from acclaimed vineyards. 

 
St. Francis Chardonnay 
2015 Sonoma County

This lovely and refreshing Chardonnay has aromas of d’Anjou pear, green apple and grilled pineapple. Bright and crisp, the wine is nicely balanced with honeydew melon and juicy apple flavors along with some toasty notes on the smooth finish.

 

Grapes for the Sonoma County Chardonnay come from the estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley; each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. French oak barrels were used to age this wine for six months.

Awards

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2017: Bronze

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2015

White 

Chardonnay 

Rich and Creamy 

14.5%

Sonoma County, California, USA

Katie Madigan 

St. Francis Claret 
2014 Sonoma County

Claret is the British ­inspired name for an elegant red blend of classic Bordeaux varietals, in this case Merlot (50%), Malbec (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) . This blend is juicy and expressive with layered aromas of cranberry, cherry cola and currants merging with vibrant flavors of dark red berries and spices. The creamy entry finishes smooth yet structured.

The 2014 St Francis Claret is an excellent companion to roast beef, boeuf bourguignon, grilled or roasted lamb, aged Cheddar and blue cheese.

 Wine Enthusiast – 90 points

“This old-school blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon shows ample body and flavor n its unfussy approach to succulent red fruit and subdued tannin. Moderate in build, it has dusty acidity and a soft finish that will please a wide range of palates.”

 

Wine Spectator – 89 points 

"Rich and well-spiced, with plush, mocha-infused flavors of dark plum and blackberry that are framed by firm tannins. Creamy on the finish, showing hints of black olive. Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon."

Awards:

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2017: Silver

Accolades

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2014

Red

Bordeaux Blend

Big and Bold

14.8%

Sonoma County, California, USA

Chris Louton

St. Francis Old Vines Zinfadel 
2014 Sonoma County

The 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of various grapes:  Zinfandel (83%), Petite Sirah (11%), Mixed Blacks (5%),  Primotivo (1%) vines ranging in age from 55 to more than 100 years old, producing low yields of fruit with highly . This rich, medium-bodied “Old Vines” Zinfandel reveals abundant aromas of dark red berries, cherry compote and warm spice. Lingering, bright flavors follow, with notes of boysenberry pie, fresh cranberry and a touch of white pepper. The finish is long, smooth and a little spicy.

 

This vintage is an excellent companion to aged blue cheese, braised or grilled beef, and roast pork with fruit.

Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate) – 90 points 

"The 2014 Zinfandel Old Vines sports a medium to deep garnet color and notes of baked blackberries, black raspberries and plum preserves with hints of Indian spices, menthol and licorice. Full-bodied, concentrated and framed with firm, chewy tannins, the black berry preserves and spice flavors are lifted by superb freshness, and linger on and on. Great value!”

 (Tasted April 2017)

 

Wine Spectator – 90 points

 "Zesty and easygoing, this is fun to drink, delivering aromas of black cherry and toasty spice that combine with lively, medium-bodied raspberry and grilled anise flavors. Drink now through 2025."

(Tasted June 2016)

Awards

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2017: Gold Medal

Accolades

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

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2014

Red

Zinfadel

Big and Bold

15.2%

Sonoma County, California, USA

Katie Madigan

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Sonoma County

The St. Francis Winery is well known for crafting bold, fruit-forward wines. They have a fine reputation for producing wines that express the very best of Sonoma. Year in and year out, their Cabernet is notably richly textured and full of smoky dark fruit, cassis and spice. This one comes from the much-lauded 2014 vintage, a year in which the inherent qualities showcased by St. Francis can't help but be magnified and intensified.. This vintage offers classic aromas and flavors of ripe black currant; spicy tobacco and cedar are accompanied by full body and firm structure. Enjoy this with prime rib to get the very best out of this 2014

Awards

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2017: Bronze

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

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ALCOHOL/VOL.      

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SWEETNESS

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WINEMAKER           

2014

Red

Cabernet Sauvignon

Bid and Bold

14.8%

2 g/L

Dry - No Sweetness perceived, well-rounded with balanced acidity 

Sonoma County, California, USA

Chris Louton