Franciscan 2001 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($13.99)
Clear straw color, with the oaky-spicy aromas characteristic of barrel-fermented and oak-aged California Chardonnays: Butterscotch, brown spices and smoky oak play a significant role but don't overwhelm ripe tropical fruit. Butter and oak and ripe appley fruit mingle in a full flavor that's fruity and soft but not overtly sweet. If you like New World Chardonnay in this style, this is a good example, well made and fairly priced. US Importer: (Mar 1, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a simple dish of chicken braised in onions and garlic.



Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Gould Campbell 2000 Vintage Porto
View the next tasting note: Camel Valley 2000 Cornwall Brut