2008 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1068341

94 points and a "Cellar Selection" designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "A very successful vintage for Freemark Abbey's wines overall, and this young, intensely concentrated Merlot is a star of the year. Quite tannic now, with delineated blackberry, cherry, cassis, cola and spice flavors, its best years are ahead. Cellar this impressive wine for 4-6 years." (5/1/2011)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2011 | Send Email
The simple fact that we are emailing this wine to a large cross-section of our customers should speak volumes about what we think of it. Although there have been plenty of interesting, delicious and affordable Merlots that I've tasted over the last year, few, if any, have had all of those qualities at the same time. Freemark Abbey has been on quite a roll lately, pumping out vintage after vintage, varietal after varietal, of nothing but well priced, tasty wines. This Merlot is brimming with slick black fruits like plum, cassis and boysenberry, but there is also a depth of complexity and structure that is rarely seen in the domestic Merlots of today. Long and perfectly ripe, the traits of this wine are the reasons Merlot became so popular in the first place: ample fruit, round, lush texture, and just enough tannin to keep everything composed and together. If you haven't tried Merlot in a while, you should get back on the horse with this one.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.