2015 "Ted's Blend" Red Wine

2015
"Ted's Blend" Red Wine

Rutherford

2015 Ted's Blend Red Wine

2015
"Ted's Blend" Red Wine

Rutherford

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Dark cherry and blackberry aromas dominate the nose of this ruby colored wine, coupled with sweet oak spice and brambly forest floor, sometimes called the Rutherford Dust.  Well integrated oak spice adds to the complex nose.  There are nuances of aromatic cedar, walnut meat, and dark chocolate.  Full bodied and well balanced, Ted’s Blend is chalked full of blackberry and cherry flavors that fill the palate from start to finish.  This is a blockbuster wine from the 2015 vintage…you can drink it now but it will be tremendous with a little age.

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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 2015
Varietal Other Reds
Harvest Date August 22- September 12
Acid 0.65g/100ml
pH 3.65
Aging Barrel aging, 27 months
Bottling Date March 2018
Alcohol % 14.8%

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 (65.1%)   Located about 1.2 miles south of Bosche, 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 (27.3%) 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.

 

Red Barn –  Rutherford (7.6%) Located in the heart of the Rutherford Appellation, this vineyard is a mosaic of creek beds. The Napa River and Conn Creek have traversed through this vineyard in history past, leaving gravely loams and ancient creek beds. The fruit is soft, with cherry, plum, rhubarb and arugula.


Production Notes

The winter was one of the driest on record, although we did receive 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 very light, with small clusters, small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened in most cases, a good two weeks early.  A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening on an early note.  Crop size was very light, 50% in most places.

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