January, 2019 | Jeb Dunnuck | 97

2016 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Slightly deeper and richer, with powerful notes of purple and blue fruits, the 2016 La Magdalena (55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up complex spring flowers, violets, and graphite notes, full body, thrilling purity of fruit, present tannins, and a great, great finish. There’s plenty of underlying structure here and the cellar is going to be your friend. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous wine.
March, 2018 | Antonio Galloni | 97

2016 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

The 2016 La Magdalena is superb. Dense, pliant and richly textured, with supremely beautiful inner perfume and depth, the 2016 has so much to offer. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, wild flowers, espresso, mint, rose petal and spice notes abound in this mid-weight, yet deeply flavored Cabernet Sauvignon. Just as it was from barrel, La Magdalena is wonderfully lifted and nuanced.
January 2019 | Jeb Dunnuck | 97

2016 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Slightly deeper and richer, with powerful notes of purple and blue fruits, the 2016 La Magdalena (55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up complex spring flowers, violets, and graphite notes, full body, thrilling purity of fruit, present tannins, and a great, great finish. There’s plenty of underlying structure here and the cellar is going to be your friend. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous wine.
March, 2018 | Antonio Galloni | 95

2015 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Favia's 2015 La Magdalena is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Oakville Ranch. A rush of black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice, licorice and cloves infuse this dark, sumptuous Napa Valley red. There is a real unctuousness to the fruit, with distinct contributions from the Franc in both the wine's aromatic intensity and structural profile.
May, 2018 | James Suckling | 94

2015 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Extremely perfumed with currants, blackberries and oyster shell. Full-bodied and very chewy with lots of intensity and richness. A little warm at the finish. A big wine that needs two or three years to soften. Try in 2020.
January, 2019 | Jeb Dunnuck | 90

2015 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Just about pure perfection in a class, the 2015 La Magdalena is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with 28% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 22 months in a mix of new and used French oak. Thrilling notes of bloody blueberries, forest floor, crushed violets, and hints of iron all flow to an inky colored, powerful, full-bodied, yet truly seamless Cabernet Sauvignon that does everything right. Complex, layered, powerful, and elegant, readers should beg, borrow, or steal to get ahold of this beauty.
October, 2015 | Antonio Galloni | 93 - 96 Points

2014 Favia La Magdalena Napa Valley Red Wine

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.
December, 2016 | Antonio Galloni | 94+ Points

2014 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

The 2014 La Magdalena is another drop-dead gorgeous beauty from Favia. The aromatics are a bit attenuated relative to how the wine showed last year. Some of that may be attributable to its recent bottling. We will see. For now, the 2014 is fresh and nicely delineated throughout. Red cherry jam, mocha, wild flowers and sweet spices all flesh out in the glass.
December, 2015 | The Wine Advocate | 97 Points

2013 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

The 2013 Proprietary Red La Magdalena, which I think contains a good bit of Cabernet Franc in the blend, has a dense bluish/purple color, a wonderfully sweet inner core of graphite, blueberry liqueur, black raspberries and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, with flawless integration of tannin and acidity, this is a terrific example of top-flight viticulture and winemaking. It’s no wimpy wine at 14.8% natural alcohol. The tannins are soft enough to give the wine accessability now, but it should continue to age nicely for 20+ years.
October, 2014 | The Wine Advocate | 100 Points

2012 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

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. All of these reds are aged 20-22 months in primarily new French oak. This small, high quality boutique operation is a joint venture between Annie Favia and winemaker and consultant Andy Erickson. By and large, not a lot of these wines are made, usually under 300 cases. The 2010s, which are currently on the market, are brilliant.
December 5, 2014 | San Francisco Chronicle |

2011 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

A balance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, which Andy Erickson and Annie Favia have finessed Napa’s modern, exuberant style in a brilliant way. It’s profound and powerful, with a smoky, sultry side: heady tobacco, dried sachet and cubeb pepper, and a raft of deeply extracted black fruit, dense enough to robe the deep tannic structure.
August, 2011 | Wine Spectator Insider | 96 Points

2008 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Beautifully crafted, smooth and seamless, with sharp focus on a rich, layered band of spicy berry, mineral, graphite, blueberry and gravel. Full-bodied, elegant and lively on palate, with a long, persistent finish. One of the best California Cabernet Franc-based wines I’ve tried. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022.
May/June, 2011 | Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar | 92 Points

2008 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

From David Abreu’s Madrona Ranch property in St. Helena; a 75/25 blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of redcurrant, cherry, licorice and violet. Fine-grained, suave and utterly seamless, with lovely floral lift. This essentially gentle wine finishes sweet and long, with a fine dusting of tannins and noteworthy breadth. Winemaker Andy Erickson describes this as the most European in style of the three Favia reds, and most appreciated by the New York market.
| The Wine Advocate | 97 Points

2007 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Another proprietor with an impressive resume, Annie Favia, wife of owner and winemaking consultant Andy Erickson, worked for over a decade with David Abreu and was highly involved in the development of vineyards such as Colgin, Screaming Eagle, and St. Eden (part of the Bond project). All of these wines are aged mostly in new French oak, and based on three Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. There’s no Merlot in any of them. The 2007 La Magdalena (50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc) is a tiny production lot of just under 100 cases, so I will give it short thrift note-wise, but this is an ethereal wine that is showing better than it did last year. A wonderfully sweet bouquet of acacia flowers, lead pencil shavings, blueberries, and black currants is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with extraordinary elegance, precision and purity. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
October 15, 2010 | Wine Spectator | 94 Points

2007 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley

Richly flavored, intense and vibrant, with a complex mix of dried currant, loamy earth, sage, cedar, underbrush, graphite and black licorice. Full-bodied, this fans out nicely on the finish, where the flavors get a good lift. Best from 2011 through 2022.