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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The color is a deep, rich ruby-garnet. With forward spicy sweet oak, there are layers of flavor composed of blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, dark plum, dark chocolate and spices such as cinnamon, clove and vanilla. The entry and finish are very smooth with integrated fruit resembling black cherry and Santa Rosa plum. The velvety texture coupled with the richness of flavor provides a profile that delivers from initial sip, one that continues on the palate for a very long finish.
Blend: 81.1% Merlot, 11.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.6% Petit Verdot
"Freemark Abbey's 2010 Merlot is a wonderfully juicy, exuberant wine that bursts from the glass with flavor. Intense, round and supple, the 2010 is loaded with character and personality. Hints of spices, violet and tar add complexity over time, but ultimately, this is a wine to enjoy for its open, radiant fruit. The blend is 81% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot from Stage Coach (Atlas Peak), Keyes (Howell Mountain), Red Barn Ranch and Bosche (both in Rutherford). Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
This is a super-impressive showing from Freemark Abbey and winemaker Ted Edwards."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey.
Josephine, a native of San Lorenzo, California and her husband, John Tychson, a Danish immigrant, moved to St. Helena in 1881. For $8...Read More About Freemark Abbey
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No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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