2016 "Ted's Blend" Red Wine

2016
"Ted's Blend" Red Wine

Rutherford

2016 Ted's Blend Red Wine

2016
"Ted's Blend" Red Wine

Rutherford

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Great color! Dark ruby introduces a wine with tremendous depth of aroma and flavor. Classic cabernet aromas, with dark cherry, leather, cassis, bell pepper and Rutherfor Dust, coupled with a sweet oak spice, make for an enchanting experience. There are nuances of aromatic cedar, grilled herbs, walnut meat, and dark chocolate. Full bodied and well balanced, Ted’s Blend is chalked full of black and blue flavors that fill the palate from start to finish.

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 2016
Varietal Other Reds
Harvest Date August 22- September 12
Acid 0.64g/100ml
pH 3.55
Aging Barrel aging, 27.5 months
Bottling Date February 2019
Alcohol % 14.2%

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 (63.1%)   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 (29.4%) 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.

 

Red Barn –  Rutherford (7.5%) 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 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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