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Wow it hits every taste bud; dark chocolate, black cherry, smoky finish. I love the intensity.
86/100: Color: Deep dark red. Nose: Dark red fruit. Very strong nose. First taste: Very fruity and sweet, initially. Then the dryness hits you. At first, the tannins really overwhelmed any flavor qualities i noticed, but after the 2nd/3rd taste, it grew on me. I actually liked that mouth puckering feeling from the tannins. The mouth feel was pretty smooth, not very thin. The finish was mediocre, around 10 seconds for me, but I was always left wanting another taste. Near the end of the glass, I did start to get some hints of vanilla that everyone else is talking about, but not as strong for me. Decent cab, but not grr-r-r-r-eat!
Quite dry, with most of the taste hidden by tannins the firsthour or two. but on the second night it really opened up. Vanilla, strawberries and espresso nose. Still dry and tannic, but vanilla and strawberry pie, whipped cream topping and crust included, are all here, with a hint of espresso and tar. Surprisingly long finish for a moderately priced cab. Good value to dollar, but not great on its own.
This red is great!
We expected this bottle to have forward fruit. In fact, it was very austere and minerally. It had just a hint of the characteristic cherry notes of the vineyard and was a very pleasant wine, accompanying the appetizers (lobster salad, shellfish risotto, oysters) without overpowering them. It’s possible it didn’t have enough time to breathe; we’ll try again in a year or two.
Just didnt do it for me. I was left waiting for the cab features that I enjoy. The smoke and ok were all i got. The dryness did hit late and at the end of the glass I got a hint of vanilla. Just an ok wine for me.
Very unusual. Nice blend. Very smooth.
External Reviews for Vieux Telegraphe Chateau Neuf du Pape Pinot Noir
The 2002 Magnificat, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, reveals additional tannin, force, power, depth, and exuberance. It should age well for a decade.
Focused and elegant, with notes of leather and game running through the black cherry, plum, cedar, sage and tobacco flavors. Firm on the finish, where the flavors build, turning even more complex. Drink now through 2005.
The 2001 Magnificat is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. It displays more force, depth, and delineation than the 2000, in addition to copious quantities of toasty oak, sweet, chunky, chocolaty, black currant flavors, and a medium-bodied, easy-going personality. It should drink well for a decade.
Starts out earthy and leathery before weaving in anise, currant, sage and black cherry fruit flavors. Somewhat muddled in its focus, it is complex and concentrated, perhaps merely in an awkward stage. Drink now through 2007.
Smooth, rich and polished, with layers of currant, blackberry, cedary oak and spicy-anise scents. Very Bordeaux-like flavor profile, with balance and structure, finishing with firm, gritty tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2012.
One of the first wines out of Napa Valley to create a Bordeaux style blend, Franciscan Magnificat has proved time and time again, in competitions and with high wine scores, that it is a true leader in the California industry. Magnifcat is composed of 50% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine displays enticing aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, sage and a bit of black tea. The flavors are well structured and supple showing vibrant plum, rich chocolate and black pepper. The finish lingers on and on with cocoa like tannins. A great wine for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache drinkers!
Dense, muscular wine with deep layers of dark blackberry, plum, cherry and a beautiful red garnet color. Concentrated and mouthcoating blend; primarily Cabernet and Merlot with a dash of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Awesome red for the cellar mdash; I have had tremendous results aging this wine, but usually I am too impatient to wait!
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Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
|Sugar: 13.50 g/l grams per liter|