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Franciscan Oakville Estate Magnificat 2003

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"A tribute to J.S. Bach's master work"? This I had to taste.

Magnificat in D is one of the major vocal works composed by J.S. Bach, worthy of detailed consideration some other time. Suffice it to say that J.S. Bach is among my favorite music makers and that the label's proclamation piqued my interest.

Even without the musical reference, the label has plenty to attract the interest of a wine drinker. It's a Meritage, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. That's quite a lot to work with, and should make for some interesting possibilities in the hands of a skilled winemaker.

Franciscan Magnificat was originally created by one of the best-known and highly-regarded winemakers of Napa Valley, Andre Tchelistcheff. Franciscan's Oakville Estate has proved capable of producing the grapes needed to make a great wine, worthy of the tradition led by his inspiration, the great wines of Bordeaux.

The result was a bold wine, one that strongly suggested it would be up to the expectations that I had for it. The 2003 vintage that I shared had a powerful nose. It likewise delivered on the palate, where the characteristics of each of the varietals played off of each other to deliver a sensation that was easy to drink, both soft and spicy, with the structure needed to deliver a finish.

The wine provided excellent foundation for a wonderful evening. Add delicious food, helpful yet unobtrusive service, and the very best of company and not a criticism could be made for any of the hours spent. I would strongly recommend a bottle if so asked.

Created by cmcurtin
Last modified 2007-07-08 10:43 AM
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