- Producer: Favia - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Andy Erickson
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 58% Cabernet Franc, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 445 cases
- Winery location: Coombsville
- Owners: Annie Favia Erickson & Andy Erickson
- First vintage: 2001
- Drinking window: 2026-2058
About The Wine
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. Annie and Andy have been making wine from these vines for a decade, and the results are always spectacular.
The La Madgalena is a blockbuster expression of one of their favorite vineyards, Oakville Ranch, in the rugged eastern hills of Oakville. Organically farmed Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on these iron rich red soils, produce some of the most compelling wines in the Napa Valley. They have worked with these vines for over a decade. This wine, a blend of two of Annie and Andy's favourite varieties, showcases all the strength and vivacity that Oakville has to offer.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 22 months of aging, the 2018 La Magdalena is sultry, moody, and seductive. It is dark and exotic, with notes of raspberry preserves, plum, Chinese five-spice, vanilla bean, and smoke. Flavors arrive on a regal chariot of tannin, serious and structured, but very inviting. Built to last, this wine will continue to open, and will likely age for decades.
Favia La Magdalena Red Wine 2018
"Next up, the 2018 La Magalena comes from the Oakville Ranch Vineyard and in 2018 is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Incredible notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, tobacco leaf, violets, and spring flowers all emerge from this beauty, and it hits the palate with flawless balance, full-bodied richness, a great, great mid-palate, and a finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Probably a candidate for perfection in 5-7 years, this is a magical Bordeaux blend from an incredible terroir as well as a great winemaker. Hide bottles in the cellar for 5-7 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 30 years or more."
99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)