2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 Merlot is their largest cuvée, and is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. A dense plum/purple color is followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and mocha. (RP)
A round and simple Merlot with plum, chocolate and olive character. Full to medium body, velvety tannins. Grows on you. Drink and enjoy.
*One Star* Nicely defined, black cherry fruit sits in the starring role here even if the wine is on the more structured, slightly sturdy and less outgoing side of things, and it is highlighted with touches of cocoa and tea with a tailored bit of oak in support. If sufficiently tannic to warrant some years of keeping, this one has the stuffing and balance to develop quite well, and we recommend that it be set aside for another four or five years and given the chance to grow into its best.
Wine & Spirits
A gentle Merlot with sweet notes of honey and the tannic bitterness of roast coffee, this benefits from air as those two elements integrate. It clarifies into a rich, smoky red to serve with braised lamb.
Appealing, with zesty red currant, cedar and spiced herb flavors. (TF)
The 2012 Merlot has 9.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.6% Petit Verdot, and just over 1% each Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aged in a mix of American and French oak for 14 months.