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Franciscan Napa Valley Magnificat 2009

Janet Myers is Director of Winemaking, carrying on the Franciscan tradition and expanding it. Her current release of Franciscan Napa Valley Magnificat 2009 ($50) is the 25th vintage anniversary of this magnificent wine. It is dark garnet in color and round in body with notes of blackberry, coffee, plum and oak. The wine is 14.5 percent alcohol and is a blend of 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 percent Merlot, two percent Petit Verdot, and one percent Malbec. A pre-fermentation cold soak enhanced the wines color and structure. Magnificat was also fermented and macerated to build structure and integrate mouthfeel. Additionally 2009 weather conditions were ideal, which also contributes to the fruit and thus the wine’s beauty.

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