93 - 96 Points Antonio Galloni
The La Magdalena is once again majestic. Vivid, nuanced and remarkably detailed for such a big wine, the 2014 exhibits striking aromatic presence to match its finely sculpted personality. Translucent energy and power abound. La Magdalena is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, co-fermented, from Oakville Ranch.
Sourced from the coveted Summit Block at Oakville Ranch high in the eastern red hills of Oakville, this unique wine hails from one of the finest areas in the world for growing Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. We have been making wine from these vines for a decade, and the results are always spectacular. Co-fermented in this vintage, these two varieties show the absolute best of what Oakville has to offer. After 22 months in barrel and one year in bottle, this blend is tightly knit together, but with a softness and polish that makes it immediately accessible. The dark red-purple hue would indicate a wine with immense power. In fact, despite its density, the wine has an aromatic profile which is both subtle and bright, with floral tones, fragrance of incense, savory notes, and juicy red fruit flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and currant. The relationship of balance and strength in which we strive for every year was achieved in the 2014 vintage. On the palate, the core of fruit opens to notes of pie crust and short cake, bringing a crescendo on the finish, but with balance and elegance.
54% Cab Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon