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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Franciscan Estate Magnificat Napa Valley Meritage 2009 - Make Mine A Meritage Wine 11

Franciscan Estate Magnificat Napa Valley Meritage 2009 - Make Mine A Meritage Wine 11
Magnficent Magnificat.

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec from Napa Valley, California.

SRP of $50 and available widely for $30 (Saturday Splurge). 6,146 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"To create Magnificat, we begin with our finest lots from our Estate and other select vineyards then craft a blend as seamless and harmonious as the Bach masterpiece it honors in name. This 2009 blend, our 25th vintage of Magnificat, was aged for 20 months in oak and shows layered aromas of cassis and plum, with alluring ripe black fruit flavors and hints of vanilla and spice.

14.5% Alcohol"
As the bottle mentions, 2009 is the 25th vintage of this wine. For the last wine in our series on Meritage we've chose one of the originals, a wine that has been produced since 1985. The Magnificat, named for Bach's masterpiece, is also a wine that has been consistently good over the years. We found the 2008 vintage to be particularly delicious and the 2009 may be even better.

The 2009 Franciscan Estate Magnificat Napa Valley Meritage begins with lots of lovely plum aromas as well as blackberry, vanilla, cedar, spice and dark chocolate. It smells excellent and better yet many of these flavors carry over when tasting this truly delicious and smooth wine. There's loads of rich fruit, lovely spice and intriguing layers of dark chocolate plus hints of black pepper, vanilla and oak in the mouth. It ends dry with good length. The 2009 might even be a bit better than the 2008, which means this magnificent wine is definitely Saturday Splurge worthy!

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