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Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Freddie's Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Freddie's Blend Wine Details

Description: We gently destemmed the grapes without crushing them to obtain more full berries then cold soaked the grapes in their juice for a day or two. To create softer wines with well-integrated tannins, we reduced the polyphenolic extraction by decreasing the number of pump-overs and the maceration time, compared to previous vintages. What began as an experiment in blending Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Merlot turned out so good that we had to bottle it by itself. Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure and style; Merlot not only softens the tannins of our Cabernet Sauvignon but also enhances its complexity and fruitiness; and Cabernet Franc brings a floral and herbal touch to the blend. Since we didn’t have a name for the blend, the cellar crew started calling it Freddie’s Blend, after my nickname at the winery, but it really is the work of the entire team.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.


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