Franciscan Chardonnay 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: OK Chardonnay that was a good value at only $9.99.

Producer/Winery: Franciscan Estate; Oakville, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Napa and Monterey County’s, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Grilled chicken rice and corn.


    Note: This year while in California we are reviewing a substantial number of wines sold in grocery stores. This review is one of them. To see all of our grocery store wine reviews look under the keyword “Grocery Store Wines”.

    Chilled before opening. Clear, rich oat straw color with a tint of polished gold. Rich vanilla aroma with whiffs of honeysuckle. Smooth, creamy and a little off dry mouthfeel, solid medium body and a 200-grit texture. Strong vanilla and citrus flavors with lesser amounts of green apples and honey. Crisp acidity and a fairly long tart apple and citrus finish that leaves a butterscotch taste in the mouth. WOW…a classic California oaked Chardonnay. It sort of reminded us of Columbia Crest Chardonnay (but, not as good). It was not a memorable wine and the sweetness really distracted from the core Chardonnay taste. However, it’s clearly dominated by oak and fruit tastes and if you like that it’s a good drinkable wine. We called it an OK Chardonnay that was a good value at only $9.99.

Yamil Sales, Franciscan Director of wine making
Photo from Franciscan.
Comments: Learn more about Franciscan and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Synthetic cork.

UPC Code: 0 83085 20052 7

Imported by: Not applicable.