Year in and year out, we’re huge fans of Franciscan’s “Magnificat” Meritage blend for its incredible value. Named for a sublime piece by J.S. Bach, this is a barrel selection that represents the very best Oakville, Rutherford, and other Napa fruit that finds its way on to Franciscan’s crush pad. The wine is a home run in 2014, which was a “goldilocks” kind of growing season in the Napa Valley.
Comprised of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, the winery calls the wine “elegant in presentation, showing firm structure and integrated tannins with a supple, rich mouthfeel leading to a long, vibrant finish of ripe berries and mocha."
Bargains like this don’t come across our table every day, In fact, many of you are Magnificat believers, having loaded up on the 2013 wine when we offered it you in 2016. It’s time to bang the cowbell anew for the 2014 model. It is, hands down, an even better wine than the 2013. We recommend a case buy on this one – it’s an absolute steal in our book, especially at one of the lowest prices in the Republic.
Franciscan is one of those Napa Valley legends that proudly asserts itself on Napa's iconic Highway 29. Located in Saint Helena, the winery was founded in 1973 by Justin Meyer (the same guy who helped start Silver Oak) a few decades before much of the valley was parceled out into smaller sub-AVA's as it is today. From the start, the forward thinking winemaking team at Franciscan saw potential in certain areas whose grapes were of the highest quality. Oakville was one of those early discoveries, and they began making wines from their Oakville estate in 1975. They also pioneered the art of blending with both different grape varieties or small lots from highly distinctive vineyards throughout the valley. They ultimately created one of the first California Meritage wines that would come to be known as "Magnificat." While Cabernets and other lush reds are still their bread and butter, they've created quite the following for their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc too. Jut another example that this illustrious house is no one trick pony.