2007 Franciscan Estate Magnificat Napa Valley Meritage

Mission Codename: A Study in Red

Operative: Agent Red

Objective: Revisit our friends at Franscican and secure the next vintage of their spectacular Magnificat Napa Valley Red Wine.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Franciscan

Wine Subject: 2007 Magnificat – Red Wine Napa Valley

Winemaker: Janet Myers

Backgrounder: The 2007 vintage marks our showing of the third successive vintage of this spectacular wine. This vintage also marks the finest expression of this wine to date. Franciscan’s Magnificat hold the honor of being our top-selling Meritage of all time and we expect that today’s 2007 will eclipse past showings.

The Oakville AVA, centrally located and adjacent to Napa Valley’s famous Rutherford AVA, was established in July 1993. Oakville is considered on of the most diverse AVA’s in the Napa area. Today’s wine is an expert blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot aged for 18 months in 50% new, mostly French oak.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Darkest garnet hues, with evenly concentrated color, from core to edge. After a hearty swirl, fat wine-hued tears run slowly down the inside of the glass.

Smell – Lush and deeply layered, with deep aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam, blueberry, red plum and toasty oak. As the wine opens up, it reveals warm spice, Bing cherry, bramble, dried herbs and a hint of cocoa dust.

Feel – Soft on the initial attack, then the wine becomes full-bodied and softly drying. Plush tannins and flinty minerals compliment the bright acidity. Very well-structured and very full, the wine becomes more elegant as it breathes.

Taste – Decant for best expression, and be rewarded with full, ripe flavors of dark cherry and dark berry preserves. Blackberry and smoky blueberry are prominent jammy notes, at first. As the wine opens up, more complex flavors of black plum, oak, braised mission fig, brown spice, flint, dark cocoa and dried herbs emerge.

Finish – Very long and very expansive, with dark fruit gradually yielding to oak, dark spice, minerals and chocolate. Plush tannins gradually dry the palate, reminding you to take another delicious sip.

Conclusion – The 2007 Franciscan Magnificat is the finest follow-up to the previous vintages we have shown. This vintage is characterized by its darker, richer fruit flavors and more elegant mouthfeel. It is important to decant this big wine. We found that the more we spun the wine in our glasses, the more it really came to life, revealing fuller flavors and deeper aromatics. Decanting and swirling also really softened the wine which, on opening could seem a little hard-edged. Rest assured, these edges wear off quickly. Enjoy this wonderful blend with risher foods, grilled meats, or all on its own. drinking beautifully, now, our tasting panel all agreed that this wine could be cellared for many years.

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The location of Franciscan can be seen in this satellite photo.

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