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2008 Franciscan Estate Magnificat Meritage Red Wine Napa Valley 14.5% $45

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

Fruity on the nose with a nice underlay of toasty oak spice and vanilla and top notes of braised herbs, licorice and violets.  This is smooth and supple in the mouth with an initial rush of smoky, toasty and scorched earth inner-mouth perfumes. Perhaps a bit on the tight side, this shows a fairly heavy if balanced load of load tannins in the mouth along with dark pencil lead and toast flavors over some grape, with red currants and fresh purple and blue fruits. The finish is cut short by the tannins. This has some of the hardness and underlying unyielding nature of old school winemaking. I bet this gets better with 2-5 years in the cellar. Needs an aggressive steak for dinner tonight. 90pts

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Red Blends $20-$55

1.
Penley Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Coonawarra Chertsey (2008)
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2.
St. Supéry Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley (2008)
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3.
Urraca Familia Langley Reserva (2005)
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4.
Terra Blanca Onyx (2008)
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5.
Trione Vineyards Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend (2008)
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6.
Gérard Bertrand Vin de Pays d'Oc Cigalus (2010)
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7.
Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval (2009)
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8.
Buty Columbia Valley Red Blend (2010)
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9.
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Tresor Sonoma County (2008)
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10.
Ariel Chardonnay Non-Alcohol (2008)
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11.
Neyen Red Blend Colchagua Valley Espiritu de Apalta (2006)
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12.
Raymond Burr Quartet Tinto da Nossa Quinta Dry Creek Valley (2009)
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13.
Trinchero Meritage (2009)
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14.
Jacques & Francois Lurton Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol Colchagua Valley (2008)
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15.
Cosentino Winery Red Blend Napa Valley (2006)
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16.
Rodney Strong Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley Symmetry (2008)
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17.
Terlato Family Vineyards Cardinals' Peak (2008)
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18.
Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak (2008)
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19.
Antiyal Alto del Maipo Valley (2010)
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20.
Girard Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2009)
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21.
Primus Veramonte (2008)
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22.
D'Arenberg the Galvo Garage Cabernet/Merlot/Pv/Cabernet Franc (2007)
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23.
Roxy Ann Winery Claret (2008)
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24.
Chappellet Cervantes Mtn Cuv10 (2010)
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25.
Sherwood House Sherwood Manor (2007)
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26.
Terlato Vineyards Angels' Peak (2008)
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27.
Cypress Vineyards Shiraz Santa Clara Valley (2008)
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28.
Paraduxx Napa Valley (2009)
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29.
Artiste Eyes Wide Shut Bottled In (NV)
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30.
Bouchard Finlayson Red Blend Walker Bay Hannibal (2009)
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31.
Decoy (2010)
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32.
Brian Carter Cellars Tempranillo Blend Columbia Valley Corrida (2008)
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33.
Treana Cabernet-Syrah Blend Paso Robles Red (2009)
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34.
Yorkville Cellars Red Blend Yorkville Highlands Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard (2009)
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35.
Viña Maquis Syrah Blend Colchagua Valley Lien (2008)
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Comments

  • Snooth User: Rynobear
    947324 47

    I am a huge Justin fan. where does Isosceles stack up in this list of these great blends?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM


  • Snooth User: shirazzee
    1135101 21

    No Canadian worthy splurges?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM


  • Snooth User: info171
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    194522 32

    Lapsus lingue. On several subtitles "Cabernet Franc" stays instead of "Cabernet Sauvignon", or something else.

    Jan 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
    Hand of Snooth
    154660 989

    Trinchero Vineyards are most interesting to me and I am looking forward to trying the 2009 Meritage. There wines seem to have an "Old School" style which I like.

    Jan 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM


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