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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Winemaker says ‘building upon successes while never letting your guard down’ helps keep bar raised

June 21, 2022

Chris Louton joined St. Francis Vineyards & Winery in California’s Sonoma County in 2013 after nearly seven years as part of the winemaking team at Napa’s Beringer Vineyards.

At Beringer, he focused on the luxury tier of wines and helped craft award winning Cabernet Sauvignons and other Bordeaux varietals. While there, he became a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon from the terroirs of Diamond Mountain, Knights Valley and Alexander Valley. “The wines from Sonoma express themselves differently than the wines from Napa,” he explains in his bio on the St. Francis website. “They have their own unique brightness and great intensity. This is a spectacular place to make Cabernet.”

Among the variety of St. Francis wines to consider are the Sonoma County Chardonnay, the 2019 Reserve Zinfandel, the 2019 Sonoma County Cabernet and the 2018 Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel.

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