WINEMAKER: Janet Myers
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24° – 26°
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
FERMENTATION: Pre-fermentation cold soak of four days to enhance color and body. Fermentation and maceration averaging 22 days to build structure and integrate mouthfeel.
AGING: 20 months in oak barrels; 70% new
RELEASE DATE: July 2013
Appearance: Deep garnet
Aromas: Multi-layered and remarkably complex, this wine offers an impressive array of aromas. Rich black plum, crème de cassis, dusty cocoa, sweet anise, and vanilla, imbued with subtle undertones of toffee and warm cardamom.
Flavors: A wine of tremendous resonance and presence, there’s a vibrant, delicious rush of ripe black cherry and plum at the entry that unfolds into a luscious mid palate with cassis, ripe blackberry, cocoa, and black truffle. The rich and voluminous mouthfeel is tempered by supple, velvety tannins, and a long cassis-infused finish.
Magnificat is one of the original Meritage blends in California, a wine Franciscan has proudly crafted since 1985. Named for J.S. Bach’s masterpiece, it is crafted to be as seamless and harmonious as its musical namesake. Sourced from over 200 small lots of red wine, Magnificat is created to showcase our finest Bordeaux blend of the vintage. Carefully assessing each lot as it ages in barrel, we create the blend with repeated trials and blind tastings. Depending on how the varieties express in a given year, the composition will be different, always shaped to provide consistency of style. The wine is founded on Cabernet Sauvignon, but true to Meritage, other Bordeaux varietals are added to give roundness, structure, and rich complexity.
2010 brought near-average rainfall amounts with a
few late spring rains delaying the start of ripening. The spring and summer temperatures stayed mild with only one heat spike coming in late August, which helped advance the ripening and the start of harvest about one week later than normal. The reds are deeply colored and elegantly structured, with abundant dark cassis fruit, fine-grained tannins, and supple mouthfeel. Cabernet Sauvignon from our Oakville Estate started to arrive at the winery on September 29 and ending on October 28. The Merlot started coming in
from the ranch during the third week of October.