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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Franciscan Magnificat 2005
Franciscan Magnificat 2005
(search item no. 96484)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bordeaux blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc.

Deep garnet in color with enticing aromas of dark cherry and black plum with a dark chocolate background and notes of sage and black tea. Appealing and complex. Elegant, well-structured mouthfeel, with cherries, rich chocolate, black pepper and vibrant plum flavors filling the palate. Very supple, with fine texture and firm structure, giving an immediately approachable richness. The finish is a seamless continuation of fruit and cocoalike tannins.

92 Points

"Dense crimson hue. Complex scents of mocha, black cherry and vanilla. Creamy flavors of raspberry and black cherry with secondary nuances of orange pekoe tea and rum cake. Velvety tannins and layers of raspberry, cherry and sweet tobacco in the unfolding close."
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About Franciscan Oakville Estate:

Franciscan is one of Napa Valley's most venerable wineries, reaching back more than three decades. Franciscan wines take their signature style - rich, vibrant flavors framed by supple tannins - from the ideal climate offered by Napa Valley's cool, southern half and from the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, blending from hundreds of barrels to craft fine wines that fully express the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Franciscan was founded in 1972 by a group of lawyers and doctors from San Francisco who decided to try turning their passion for wine into a business. In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean exile who had built Concha y Toro in his native country, took over the helm at Franciscan. Huneeus refocused the winery on using the superlative grapes growing in its own vineyards, rather than sourcing from outside.

Today, Franciscan's wines are crafted under the exacting eye of Janet Myers, who came to Franciscan in August 2003 as associate winemaker after working in the Margaret River region and Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini. The winery remains committed to its tradition of small-lot winemaking, with small batches averaging just 150 to 1,500 cases. The image of a hand-operated wine press on Franciscan's logo and wine labels reflects this small lot approach to winemaking.