Very light yellow-straw color; apricot, melon, honeysuckle on the nose; peach, pear, mango, nice citrus notes, drop of honey on the palate.
Blend of 69% sauvignon blanc, 17% chardonnay, 14% muscat canelli; nice acidity (3.15 pH), interesting interplay of tart (sauv blanc) and sweet hints (muscat canelli). Soft, moderately heavy in the mouth, no oak, plenty of fruitiness which should please folks who enjoy the perception of sweetness (without the actual sugar) in their wine. Will work very well as an apéritif.
Franciscan is part of the Constellation Brands mega wine company. The wine is made in the Oakville winery located in Franciscan’s Oakville Estate. The winery and vineyards are in the heart of Napa—across the road from Opus One, adjacent to Silver Oak, just west of Screaming Eagle, across Hwy 29 from Robert Mondavi and Far Niente. The winery earned Napa Green Certification in 2009; the focus remains honoring the land. Original owner Agustin Huneeus Sr. famously said: “you don’t have brands in our business, you have properties.”
Franciscan Estate Equilibrium Napa Valley White 2015 will serve those who like fruitiness with some sweetness balanced by good acidity. Layers of flavors in an intriguing blend. $16-19
Second photo: Franciscan’s Oakville Estate winery