A luscious cascade of dark fruit, including black currant, black cherry, plum, and blackberry complemented by sweet vanilla and baking spices. Flavors: Rich, round, and full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa; generous weight on the palate and smooth, mouth-filling tannins; the finish lingers with flavors of rich cassis and black cherry.
Ripe black cherry and plum aromas mingle with toasty oak and a hint of leather. Flavor: In the mouth, ripe black cherry, plum and currant flavors are beautifully in balance with sweet oak carrying through to a long finish. Tannins are supple and round.
Cabernet Sauvignon WINE NEWS #1 Best Value Cabs 1998" Dec 98/Jan 99WINE & SPIRITS "Recommended New Release" Dec 1999WINE SPECTATOR 89 Pts. "A smooth, sleek, richly flavored wine, with intense black cherry and blackberry fruit that is shaded by earthy, cedary overtones. Finishes with a long, gushing, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2009." Oct. 31, 2002 (1999 Vintage
Founded in 1973, the Franciscan Winery was purchased by wine industry revolutionary Justin Meyer in 1975. He shaped the wineries beginnings and in 1975 crafted and released a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon using Oakville estate fruit for the first time. This release established the Franciscan style based on making wine in small lots, then blending them together to achieve the greatest character.
Recognizing that the world’s finest wines are blends, in 1985 Franciscan introduced Magnificat. Under vintner Agustin Huneeus, this proprietary blend of Bordeaux varietals spearheaded the popular Meritage class of wines. Two years later, Franciscan made another dramatic impact on the world of wine when winemaker Greg Upton created Cuvée Sauvage, the first Napa Valley Chardonnay fermented with wild yeast.