Franciscan Estate, St. Helena

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  • Very obliging Winery at the top level. Small shop with much useful and small souvenirs – up to the dog Cacke. Sincerely welcome without registering.
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  • I went as part of a team building exercise for a class I am taking. They gave us the full tour and showed us the land and the processing buildings. I do not drink wine, but found the whole process ver...  more »
  • We have been adamant followers of this winery for many years-however, today's experience was nothing short of disappointing. My husband and I are celebrating our nine year anniversary back in the Napa...  more »
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  • This winery has been on our itinerary every time we come but have missed it. Made it there this week and the experience was great. Setting is beautiful, staff very friendly, wines are good. Wound up joining the club.
  • Awful wines. Unfriendly staff. Can't wait to get out of that place.
  • Traveled from Oregon and enjoyed a private tour and estate lunch. Leo Rios our wine educator introduced us to the winery, explaining the history and answering questions in an easy unhurried manner. The lunch was held in a private beautifully appointed room. The menu included dungeness crab salad with meyer lemon, hearts of palm and avocado paired with an exquisite 2015 Franciscan Equilibrium; we probably could have stopped then the flavors were so satisfying. But next was perfectly cooked beef rib eye with yukon gold potatoes and brussels sprouts accompanied by a 2008 Franciscan Stylus just sumptuous; now certainly we couln't fit another morsel in. But no to top it off a picture perfect baked Alaska with tiny spots of absolutely delectable fruit sauces, pineapple and passion fruit. Chef Brett Young visited probably to see if we were still upright. He is a master and his art is forever in our BEST EVER dining experiences.
  • My favorite winery. People working there are very nice.
  • Depends on where you are in your wine journey as to if the wines are good or not. I still like the Cuvée Savage Chardonnay, the Reds were some of my favorites years ago (Magnificat) but now I prefer a more well rounded complex Cab. People are quite nice, but when they got busy due to a bus load coming in with their own glasses, we were left dry and went elsewhere.

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Because St. Helena is nestled in upscale wine country, most people who visit have no intention of roughing it. As such, the city sports a number of luxurious hotels. Several boast restaurants, hot tubs, and swimming pools; however, keep in mind that those with extensive grounds tend to be farther away from the main street. Budget-conscious travelers can find some more basic motels (looking farther out of town is a good way to save a few dollars). However, those staying on the outskirts should be aware that parking--particularly during high season--can be challenging in the city.
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