on Apr 28, 2008
Franciscan Oakville Estate's Magnificat, 2001. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec. This wine is always well made. It's a quiet, elegant Bordeaux blend that is supple and finely balanced. It's not a screaming tannic monster nor is it wimpy. It's a just-right sort of Cab that is very food friendly. It's color is dark purple with garnet edges. The nose has a rustic aroma of dark fruit, especially black cherries and a hint of mocha, with a background of rain on wood, and herbs. In the mouth it's full bodied and silky, with black fruits well-balanced with the earthier and leathier tones. A little tobacco on the end. Fine grained tannins and a decent finish. It's easy to smile with a glass of this wine, and it's a must for food. Any steak, particulary with a little marbeling. Also great with slow-cooked short ribs and root vegetables.
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