Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot 2011
Ruby colored, the Merlot expresses bright fruit with forward spicy sweet oak. There are layers of flavor composed of blackberry, dark cherry, raspberry, dark plum, milk chocolate and spices such as cinnamon and vanilla. Coupled with the bright fruit, there is a hint of arugula adding to the complexity. 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 time.
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.
Editorial Reviews for Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot
Lovely aromas of macerated flowers and medicinal herbs greet the nose followed by well integrated cigar box oak along with hints of vanilla and black pepper framing the core of blue plum and black currant fruit. Fairly rich in the mouth with lovely brightness to the texture. The tannins are a touch angular and the acids nicely present supporting light blueberry and plum skin flavors. This lacks some intensity of flavor, and the wood breaks through on the backend turning this a bit spicy and dry, particularly on the short, cocoa and white pepper dusted finish. This needs food but might always be a bit tough. The flavors do have good persistance though so perhaps 2-3 years in the cellar will let the tannins sort themselves out. The more I go back to this the more I like it but it remains tough today. Should improve. 88pts
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot
The color is a deep, rich ruby-garnet. With forward spicy sweet oak, there are layers of flavor composed of 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... enjoy.
Good full medium red. Aromas of cherry, plum and arugula, plus a hint of roasted oak. Nicely sweet on entry, then a bit medicinal in the middle, with raspberry and plum flavors joined by herbs and tobacco leaf. Finishes with substantial dusty, slightly drying tannins.
The 2011 Merlot Napa is a blend of 82.2% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc aged 14 months in 25% new oak. A solid, competent effort for the vintage, it offers up notes of herbs, white chocolate, espresso, clove and sweet cherries. Medium-bodied and somewhat short, it needs to be drunk over the next 4–6 years.
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