(From «nv» Vintage) Appearance: Deep garnet. Aroma: Inviting aromas of dark cherry, sage, and red plums. Complex layers of ripe berries, with undertones of vanilla and cloves. Flavors: Full-bodied and textural, with ripe flavors of black plum and cherry, cocoa and cassis. A concentrated, rich palate with round tannins leads to a long finish interwoven with blackberry, anise and mocha.
(From 2008 Vintage) The Magnificat 2008 is a deep ruby color. The wine has complex and dense fruit aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, and cherry with notes of vanilla bean, rosemary, clove, and hazelnut amid layers of mocha and cassis. Rich and full-bodied, the mouthfeel is concentrated, yet elegant, brimming with deep boysenberry and dark cherry fruits — woven together with velvety, supple tannins. The dense, well-structured palate is silky and round, with hints of cocoa, black peppercorn, and violets on a long, harmonious finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23% Merlot; 4% Bordelais reds. With decently focused cassis-like fruit as its central theme and accents of cocoa and sweet oak in support, this wine finds its full-bodied, supple texture set against decently fruited, somewhat coarsely grained impressions, and that slight edginess stays around until the finish. A bit of cellaring is needed.