The 2012 La Magdalena is the Favia/Erickson equal-part blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a dense ruby/purple color and 100-point aromatics that are compelling and addictive. The inky bluish/purple color is followed by intense floral aromas mixed with pure blueberry, raspberry and blackcurrants. Surely there’s plenty of new oak used in the upbringing of this wine, but you’d never know it the way this wine tastes. It is full-bodied and opulent, like Chanel’s newest haute-couture creation. This is a flawless, perfect effort that proves their mastery of this craft of winemaking. The finish goes on for a good 40-45 seconds. (RP)
The 2012 La Magdalena, Favia's Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Oakville Ranch, is rich, boisterous and super-expressive. Dark red and black fruit, mocha, cloves, menthol and new leather blossom in the glass. The 2012 is voluptuous and racy, yet also possesses plenty of underlying structure and firm tannins that are going to need time to soften. This is far from an easygoing 2012. 94+ (AG)
Juicy and layered up front, this gains fruit complexity, with a medley of blackberry, wild berry, plum and black cherry flavors. Despite the initial power, this eases into a more refined, elegant posture, revealing hints of tobacco and gravel. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028. 153 cases made. (JL)
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