2016 Merlot Bosché

2016
Merlot Bosché

Bosché Vineyard, Rutherford

2016 Bosché Merlot

2016
Merlot Bosché

Bosché Vineyard, Rutherford

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Medium dark ruby in color, the 2016 Merlot Bosche expresses brambley blackberry fruit components.  With great depth of aroma and flavor, there are nuances of aromatic cedar, tobacco, black pepper, mushroom and dark chocolate.  The oak spice is very well integrated, not dominant but provides a substantial backbone to the complexity of the wine balancing the abundance of fruit depth.  The flavor is big, voluptuous, soft and velvety, with rich, great depth of black cherry fruit.  The tannins are well integrated providing a very long fruitful finish. 

Details

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 2016
Varietal Merlot
Harvest Date September 6
Acid 0.66g/100ml
pH 3.38
Aging Aged in barrel: 16 months
Bottling Date March 2018
Alcohol % 14.7%

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 west of Hwy. 29, on the famed Rutherford Bench, the Bosché 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.  This is a natural area to grow Bordeaux varietals with dry farming or minimal drip irrigation.


Production Notes

The winter continued a dry weather pattern and bud break was early.  The growing season was moderate, near ideal, and on an early pace  Most varieties were harvested in September with a final wrap up on October 10th…getting it all in before any rains developed.

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