2015 Merlot Bosché

2015
Merlot Bosché

Bosché Vineyard, Rutherford
2015 Bosché Merlot

2015
Merlot Bosché

Bosché Vineyard, Rutherford
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Medium dark ruby in color, the 2015 Merlot Bosché expresses ripe dark cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit components. With great depth of aroma and flavor, there are nuanced notes of sweet oak spice, juniper berry, black pepper, vanilla and dark chocolate. The oak spice is well integrated, not dominant, yet provides a substantial backbone to the complexity of the wine, balancing the abundance of fruit. The flavor is big, voluptuous, soft and velvety, with rich black cherry. The tannins are well integrated, leading to a long, fruitful finish.

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This predominantly dry-farmed vineyard consistently produces one of the most distinctive wines in Rutherford and one of Freemark Abbey’s most sought-after releases. Dark ruby in color, its wines have floral notes and full-bodied fruit flavors.

Vintage 2015
Varietal Merlot
Harvest Date August 22
Acid 0.62g/100ml
pH 3.87
Aging Aged in barrel: 17 months
Bottling Date March 2017
Alcohol % 14.6%

This predominantly dry-farmed vineyard consistently produces one of the most distinctive wines in Rutherford and one of Freemark Abbey’s most sought-after releases. Dark ruby in color, its wines have floral notes and full-bodied fruit flavors.

Vineyard Notes

Bosché Vineyard–Rutherford (100%): Located on the famed Rutherford Bench, this is a natural area to grow Bordeaux varietals due to water conditions that stress the vines, intensifying the dark velvety fruit flavors.


Production Notes

The 2015 winter was one of the driest on record for the Napa Valley. The region received 75% of normal precipitation. The relatively dry, warm winter promoted early bud break, and a cool spring supported a long flowering period. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was light, with small clusters and small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened about two weeks early on average. A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening process a bit early.

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