Jeb Dunnuck 99 Points: “Next up, the 2018 La Magdalena 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.”
Andy Erickson: “In a class of her own, La Magdalena is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the renowned Oakville Ranch,
high in the eastern hills of Napa Valley’s most famous appellation. Organically farming with intention, harvesting at optimum ripeness, and carefully shepherding the wines through fermentation and maceration, yields a wine with remarkable depth, a silky texture, and eye-opening complexity. The dance of
these two varieties together is what excites us most about making wine in the Napa Valley. Vintage 2018 has already been recognized as something special.
This is certainly reflected in the 2018 La Magdalena, which shows all of the excitement we expect from this vineyard but magnified through the lens of such an outstanding season. Purity, intensity, and balance are on display, with all the richness and structure that we expect. Black currant, rose, dark chocolate, and licorice are presented on a wave of finely rounded tannin and dense blue and black fruits. This wine will certainly age for decades, but right now, in its youth, with a gentle decanting, it is immediately seductive and satisfying.”