Wine Review: 2011 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Review: 2011 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

I have to be honest about my take on the 2011 vintage. It is very hard finding great wines from this year. It was challenging not only for Napa Valley, but for many locations around the world. For Napa, it began with a wet winter that continued through June, delaying bloom and disrupting fruit set. The growing season overall was cool with yet more rain that came with autumn. For the Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, the aromas are pretty but I was itching for more on the palate, which was somewhat one-dimensional, lackluster and thin. But on the flip side, this might make a good selection to introduce to someone just getting into red wine since it is not too complex nor tannic.

Rating: 85 | $28 | 13.5% ABV

Franciscan Cabernet


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Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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