2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1176868 92 points 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)  (10/2014)

90 points James Suckling

 A round and simple Merlot with plum, chocolate and olive character. Full to medium body, velvety tannins. Grows on you. Drink and enjoy.  (7/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (11/2014)

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.  (2/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Appealing, with zesty red currant, cedar and spiced herb flavors. (TF)  (4/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- 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.
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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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5