Freemark Abbey was one of the 12 American wineries that were chosen to compete in the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, and the Californian victory placed Freemark Abbey ﬁrmly on the world wine map.The grapes are sourced from ﬁve diﬀerent vineyards, two of which are on the much prized Rutherford Bench. With such a glowing history and a legacy of winemaking innovation, premium vineyard sites and the expertise of winemaker Ted Edwards, the Freemark Abbey wines are simply some of the ﬁnest wines California has to oﬀer.
This dark ruby colored Merlot from Freemark Abbey opens with a black cherry-cola like bouquet with hints of smoky oak and clove. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, lush and rich. The flavor profile is a mineral infused mild blueberry with hints of cocoa, white pepper, and toasted oak. The finish is dry and its bold dusty tannins stick around for quite some time. The panel suggested pairing this Napa based Merlot with a veal or lamb chop. Enjoy