Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely chard fruit along with some beautiful vanilla on the medium length finish. This is an elegant, bold complex rich chard. I really liked it. Be careful this is one of those chards that is very susceptible to temperature. Serve it too cold and you will miss out on the complexity this wine has to offer. It has some lovely mouth grip and lingers nicely in the mouth. I would give it a 90. Which for $25.95 is no BB bargoon, but it’s worth the money, but only if you like your chards California style which this clearly is!
From the LCBO web site:
Franciscan Chardonnay 2012 — VINTAGES#: 496125 Style – Full-bodied & Rich ›
One of my favorite brands both for consistently great wines and price points that always give great value is Napa Valley’s Franciscan Vineyards. Janet Myers and her team produce wines that are substantial, but not overwhelming, either in character or price and one of her latest, the 2012 Franciscan Chardonnay, makes for great tastes with a pleasantly long finish that can complement fresh fruit and cheese, chicken on the grille or linguine with white clam sauce, to name a few. (Jamie Driscoll, southbostontoday.com, April 3, 2014) $25.95
Vintages Release Date: July 19, 2014 Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry; XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Rich Varietal: Chardonnay