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2012 Franciscan US Red Blend "Magnificat"

Winery: Franciscan

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Magnificat"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec & 2% Cabernet Franc

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 12,338

KWG Score: 92 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: January 13, 2016

Wine Review: This very dark red colored blend from Franciscan is more Old World in style than your typical California fruit forward red. It opens with a black currant and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty, low key, mild cherry and black currant blend with hints of espresso, minerality and touch of oak. The finish is quite dry and its very dusty tannins are rather sticky and linger for a very very long time. This wine will benefit from aeration and decanting. I would pair it with a well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Deep garnet in color, with a very complex nose laden with dark fruit. Rich with the flavors of plum, dried cherry, clove, cardamom, and cassis with hints of peppercorn and cocoa. Smooth entry with ripe berries and cherry. The mouthfeel is full, yet seamless, showing well-knit tannins woven into a supple and full palate. On the mid-palate, notes of cassis and sage lead to a long finish of dark fruit, toasty vanilla notes, and savory hints of tobacco and black olive. Rich and inviting.

Organic status: not organic

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