2013 Franciscan "Magnificat" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
A bright and balanced red with currant, plum, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Pretty length and control to this. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink or hold.
Wine & Spirits
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (73 percent), this blend improves markedly with air. It starts out tarry and black, with hard edges of extract. Scents of violets emerge as the fruit gains purple richness. A day later, it feels cool, with a chaparral-like greenness and firm tannins completely saturated by the fruit so they don’t feel astringent. Best to cellar this, or give it plenty of time in a decanter if you open the bottle now.
Franciscan's 2013 Red Blend Magnificat is juicy, forward and expressive, all qualities that will allow it to drink well upon release. The flavors are bold, ripe and racy throughout, but all the elements are very nicely put together. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The proprietary flagship from Franciscan, called Magnificat, is comprised of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc in 2013. This easygoing, soft, round, juicy Bordeaux blend has a dark ruby/purple color, and loads of red and black currant fruit, not a lot of complexity, but a juiciness and succulence. It’s hedonistic and moreover should drink nicely for up to a decade. (RP)