Freemark Abbey 2001
Vintage and Winemaker’s Notes: Opaque with dark ruby hues; deep and brooding with lots of depth in the nose. A host of inviting black fruit aromas including blackberries, boysenberries, black currant, dark cherries, with cinnamon, clove, dark chocolate, and a hint of lavender. Entry is smooth, full of dark cherry flavors reminiscent of a dark chocolate/cherry truffle, yet not sweet but with a wonderful, inviting, pleasant balance…a finish that draws you back for another glass! Seductively balanced with good structure and moderate tannins, our 2002 Sycamore can be enjoyed now with grilled steak or lamb, or cellared for your enjoyment. Growing Season Notes: Heaviest winter rains finished by mid-February. A sudden warming trend at the end of February started bud growth. Set began in mid-May with weather generally cool. By June it had warmed up and weather was largely moderate and even, with morning cloud cover or cool evening breezes. After a long, mild growing season, the harvest was kicked into gear with a warming trend near the end of September. The warm weather concentrated the fruit flavors and condensed the harvest. The grape crop was generally lower than average, showing excellent intense colors and flavor. Statistics: # Varietal Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cab franc # Vineyards: Sycamore Vineyard (22 acres), Rutherford Bench, Napa Valley # Fermentation: After a 24-hour cold soak, the must was fermented in stainless steel for 8 to 10 days, at 74-88 degrees F, with 6 to 22 days skin contact # Aging: 2 years in 60 gallon French oak barrels # Alcohol: 14.1% # pH: 3.65 # Acid: 0.64 g/100 mL
It began over a century ago as a vision shared by a handful of pioneers; those with an intimate knowledge of grapes and a deep respect for the land. This vision took root, was nurtured by skilled hands and ultimately resulted in one of the first premium wineries in the Napa Valley. Today, the wine of Freemark Abbey stands as a testament to what the rich earth of the Napa Valley is capable of creating when working in perfect harmony with nature.