2014 "Ted's Blend" Red Wine

2014
"Ted's Blend" Red Wine

Rutherford
2014 Ted's Blend Red Wine

2014
"Ted's Blend" Red Wine

Rutherford
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This opaque, dark ruby wine has a rich depth of blackberry, dark cherry and black currant, coupled with sweet oak spice and brambly forest floor aromas. The complex nose has notes of aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove, green chili and dark chocolate. Full bodied and well balanced, Ted’s Blend is opulent with blackberry and cherry flavors that fill the palate from start to finish. This is a blockbuster wine from the 2014 vintage…you can drink it now, but it will also be tremendous with age.

Details

World renowned, this is arguably one of the finest locations for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Deeply rooted in the alluvial fan soil, these vines produce wines famous for signature “Rutherford dust” and tobacco behind dark fruit flavors. For more than 30 years, Freemark Abbey has held exclusive sourcing rights to two prestigious vineyards here.

Vintage 2014
Varietal Other Reds
Harvest Date September 2 – 23
Acid 0.67g/100ml
pH 3.57
Aging Barrel aging, 28 months
Bottling Date March 2017
Alcohol % 14.5%

World renowned, this is arguably one of the finest locations for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Deeply rooted in the alluvial fan soil, these vines produce wines famous for signature “Rutherford dust” and tobacco behind dark fruit flavors. For more than 30 years, Freemark Abbey has held exclusive sourcing rights to two prestigious vineyards here.

Vineyard Notes

Sycamore Vineyard – Rutherford (61.6%): Located about 1.2 miles south of Bosché, right up against the Mayacamas Range, this vineyard has a rich clay loam. Sycamore Vineyard produces small berries reminiscent of mountain fruit berries, with intense extract of color and flavor. The color is very dark early in the fermentation, with flavors of black currant and black berry with a forest floor complexity. Vines are 8-22 years.

 

Bosché Vineyard – Rutherford (38.4%): Located west of Hwy. 29, on the famed Rutheford Bench, the Bosche vineyard has very deep gravelly soils. A seasonal creek crosses the vineyard which causes the water table to be high in the spring, providing water and nutrients for new shoot growth. As veraison approaches the water table drops, stressing the wines and intensifying the dark velvety fruit flavors. Vines are 17-25 years.


Production Notes

The winter was one of the driest on record for the Napa Valley; however, when we did get rain, it came when the vines needed it most, promoting bud break and new shoot growth. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was abundant, and the fruit ripened about two weeks early on average. 2014 was a wonderful harvest yielding great wines with immense depth of flavor.

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