The story of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards begins, quite naturally, in a vineyard. In 1971, Joe Martin, a San Francisco businessman, eager for a change, purchased 100 acres of land in the historic town of Kenwood in the heart of Sonoma Valley and planted grapes. Joe was joined by his good friend, Lloyd Canton, as his partner in 1972 and together they built and established one of the most respected wineries in Sonoma Valley.
Completed in 1979, the Winery was christened St. Francis Winery after Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of humanitarian efforts and to acknowledge the Franciscan order, the first to bring European grape cultivation to the new world.
In 1983 Tom Mackey was brought on board as the first full time winemaker. Tom added Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel to the 100% Merlot already in production. Today, St. Francis is known as one the country's premier producers of robust, flavorful wines, earning the nickname "House Of Big Reds".
With the addition of more than 400 acres of prime Sonoma County vineyards to St. Francis' portfolio and increased production over the years, it was apparent that a larger facility was needed. In 1998 ground was broken for the construction of a new winery facility at the Wild Oak Vineyard site located at the base of Hood Mountain, just one mile west of the original Winery on Hwy 12 in the Sonoma Valley.
In the Fall of 1999 the first crush took place in this state of the art Winery. This impressive winemaking facility affords winemaker Tom Mackey and his staff the assurance of quality for each varietal throughout the production process. The Winery's larger capacity along with state of the art equipment and climate-controlled barrel storage have given Mackey the opportunity to continue to create wines of excellent extraction, color and flavor, evident in the big bold wines offered today by St. Francis Winery.
As Joe and Lloyd look at what they have accomplished since 1972 and anticipate the challenges inherent in the growing wine market, their quest for making quality wines from Sonoma County's best grapes continues.
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St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This is a beautifully balanced wine with aromas of cassis, black cherry and cocoa powder along with rich fruit flavors of dark plum and cherry pie finishing with a note of graphite. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon showing off deep color, layered aromatics and generous tannins.
Food Pairing: An excellent companion ... more
St. Francis Chardonnay 2014
This bright and balanced Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruit, mango peel, peach and honey. Flavors that hint of baked apple and pear galette merge with a creamy mouthfeel and long, smooth finish.
Pair with shellfish, chicken, salmon and pastas or other dishes with cream sauces. more
St. Francis Merlot 2015
This Merlot is smooth and elegant with classic flavors and aromas of cherry, chocolate and plum. Its silky structure is balanced by soft tannins and a bold, lengthy finish.
Excellent with beef, duck and blue cheese. more
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St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2013
This is a spicy yet refined Zinfandel that is beautifully balanced with remarkable color. Aromas of cinnamon and dark mixed berry merge with flavors of blackberry jam, ripe raspberry and a touch of peppercorn. A luxurious wine with a long and silky finish.
Food Pairing: Excellent with Goat Cheese, Asian ... more
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St. Francis Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014
This is a juicy, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with hints of cherry cola, raspberry and clove aromas followed by bright, crisp flavors of pomegranate, Queen Anne cherry and a touch of licorice.
Pairs well with salmon, roast chicken, grilled vegetables and light pasta dishes. more
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All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
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