Tonight, I opened a 375ml bottle of 2002 Franciscan Oakville Estate 'Magnificat' from Napa Valley. Named after Bach's vocal composition, which takes it's text from the Gospel of Luke, the canticle of Mary. This wine is a Meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.
Nice red with a brick-colored tint. Very earthy on the nose. Starting to pick up a little vegetable on the nose. BIG tannins! I mean Shaquille O'Neil big. Definitely should have decanted this one. I really wish I had a nice ribeye to tone this one down. I also have a 2003 bottle of this wine. I'm not even going to try it for at least 3-4 more years +. I am picking up nice fruit and a huge finish. 1-2 minutes and then some. Way at the end, it starts get almost pine-y tasting to me. The tanins up front on this one are so overpowering, I really can't deduce much more. I'm going to let this one sit and try it again tomorrow.
Rating:????? Stay tuned!
As I sat here tonight typing this, the glass is probably 18" away from my face and this wine smells incredible! I think it should mellow out well. I can't wait for tomorrow!