A couple weeks ago, I had highlighted a couple wines from Franciscan Estate in Napa Valley thar had impressed me. And I have yet one more to share today.
This one is a white blend made of 72% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Chardonnay and 11% Muscat. You may know of Muscat from Moscato, which is a form of wine made from the Muscat grape and has become wildly popular over the past few years. Muscat comes in many different sub-types (if that’s the right word — I’m not a botanist), tends to be a little bit sweeter and is often used in dessert wines. But this blend from Franciscan Estates is not a sweet one. Muscat also tends to be a very aromatic wine, offering intense fruity and sometimes floral aromatics.
The thing I like about Equilibrium is, well… everything! The name is perfect for this wine, as it has everything I want from a white wine and all of those things are perfectly balanced — in equilibrium.
This wine is delightfully aromatic, offering powerful and balanced fragrances such as peach, grapefruit, honeysuckle, melon and pear. The palate is also superb, with a nice mouthfeel, crisp acidity and flavors like pear, melon, peach and citrus. The fruit is abundant and elegantly harmonious. The finish shows long peach and pear flavors. This is a fantastic wine.
The suggested retail price is a touch higher than the $20 I typically target, but it’s good enought to warrant a splurge every now and then.
Wine: Franciscan Estate Equilibrium White Blend
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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