184 Ratings
Franciscan Estate Magnificat Red Napa Valley

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Wine Description

(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.

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  • Wine Spectator
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/06
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) 73% 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.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator