Freemark Abbey Merlot Napa Valley 2001
Vintage and Winemaker’s Notes: This wine has an intense, deep, dark ruby color. The aroma is forward with a rich black cherry with some berry, plum and dark chocolate. There is a touch of oak and bay laurel, with intriguing cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness. This wine is full flavored with lots of depth and well integrated tannins. 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 temperatures had warmed and weather was largely moderate and even, with morning cloud cover or cool evening breezes. Harvest timing was normal. Statistics: # Varietal Composition: 79% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot # Vineyards: 37% Carpy Ranch (Rutherford), 36% Red Barn Ranch (Rutherford), 9% Round Pond Vineyard (Rutherford), 6% Zinfandel Lane Vineyard (Rutherford), 4% Freemark Vineyard (St. Helena), 4% Watson Vineyard (Rutherford), 3% Wood Ranch (Rutherford), 1% Berggruen Vineyard (St. Helena) # Fermentation: Open-top stainless steel fermenters # Aging: 12 months in 60 gallon French and American Oak barrels # Alcohol: 14.1% # pH: 3.63 # Acid: 0.65 g/100 mL # Number of Cases Produced: 5968 cases
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.