Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL

Let us raise a glass to Classic Napa, in both style and budget. Part of the Napa equivalent to the Original Six, Freemark was on Team USA at the Judgement in Paris 1976, but unlike its teammates (Stag’s Leap, Ridge) it hasn’t jacked up its price or ripeness much in the subsequent years. Harkening back to a time when Napa considered the Médoc as its guiding star, Freemark Abbey (founded in 1939) is full bodied but low-glycerine, favouring subtle structure and balanced fruit over whiz-bang-dynamite-anvils. Because of its non-flamboyancy, Freemark often occupies the “Friend Zone”, while wine drinkers fall for flashy fruit bombs with shiny sports cars, Freemark is just dependably there. Seriously, be honest: when’s the last time you tried Freemark Abbey? If there was ever a time to fall back in love with this wine, it’s with this offering – bucking the trend of the valley this is stronger here than the three previous ones, the texture is glorious and the dark fruits dance with spicy sticks of cedar and licorice.

Sku: 561126
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Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL

Let us raise a glass to Classic Napa, in both style and budget. Part of the Napa equivalent to the Original Six, Freemark was on Team USA at the Judgement in Paris 1976, but unlike its teammates (Stag’s Leap, Ridge) it hasn’t jacked up its price or ripeness much in the subsequent years. Harkening back to a time when Napa considered the Médoc as its guiding star, Freemark Abbey (founded in 1939) is full bodied but low-glycerine, favouring subtle structure and balanced fruit over whiz-bang-dynamite-anvils. Because of its non-flamboyancy, Freemark often occupies the “Friend Zone”, while wine drinkers fall for flashy fruit bombs with shiny sports cars, Freemark is just dependably there. Seriously, be honest: when’s the last time you tried Freemark Abbey? If there was ever a time to fall back in love with this wine, it’s with this offering – bucking the trend of the valley this is stronger here than the three previous ones, the texture is glorious and the dark fruits dance with spicy sticks of cedar and licorice.

Sku: 561126
Country

USA

Region

California - Napa Valley

Wine Style

Red

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Opaque, dark ruby color introduces this wine that expresses dark fruit aroma and flavors. With spicy sweet oak complexity, the wine exudes dark fruit such as blackberry, black currant, blueberry and dark cherry. There are nuances of dark chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, cola, aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove, graham crackers and a hint of tobacco. The body is very full with a soft entry, coupled with dark cherry/berry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture and mouth feel, this Cabernet is full-bodied, rich and opulent.
  • Vines are aged between 3 - 26 years; This blend is a great fingerprint of the Napa Valley. Valley floor vineyards are well-drained loam and clay loams, formed by alluvial deposits. The western mountain top soils are shallow and acidic with low fertility, while the eastern mountain top soils are more volcanic, with poor fertility and incredible minerality.
  • Aged in barrels for 27 months the mix of which is approx. 30% new French oak, 2.5% new American oak. (Total: 86% French oak, 14% American oak) Cooperage is mixed, predominantly World Cooperage.
  • 95 POINTS! Decanter, 2014 Vintage

    "The estate known today as Freemark Abbey was established in 1886 by one of the first female wine-growers in Napa. Today Ted Edwards is head winemaker, working for the past three decades to develop relationships with growers, allowing exclusive sourcing rights to specific plots, which is crucial to the winery’s success. This wine has been aged for 28 months in a mixture of French and American oak. Stephen Brook: Powerful blackcurrant nose, with slightly charred oak. Very rich without being jammy, it packs a punch. An assertive and very youthful style, but good acidity and tannins mean this should go the distance. Alex Hunt MW: A bit Port-like on the nose to begin with, but there is good depth and the brightness increases in the glass. The palate is succulent, appealing, and has potential to age. Very good. Stefan Neumann MS: Intense, youthful and fruit-forward nose. This is softly structured but with a good level of tannins. Violets and rose petals lead up to a lengthy finish. Great purity and clarity here."

    92 POINTS! Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2013 Vintage

    "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Freemark Abbey’s generic bottling from Napa, is a brilliant example, and at $50, a heck of a value. It is also one of their larger cuvées at 24,332 cases. A blend of 75.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.9% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this wine spent nearly 26 months in oak. Opaque purple in color, it exhibits beautiful blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with hints of white chocolate, allspice and tobacco leaf. It is rich, full-bodied, seriously concentrated, and has 2013's relatively serious structure and tannic clout. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Rating: 92+"

    93 POINTS! Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2012 Vintage

    "An absolutely fabulous value is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. This comes from multiple sources and there are 46,000+ cases of it. A stunning Cabernet Sauvignon and a classic example of Napa viticulture, this blend of 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, was aged just over two years in oak. Loads of sweet blackcurrant fruit, cocoa, a touch of toast, earth, and baking spice are all present in this wine that has terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a full-bodied mouthfeel, no hard edges and a luscious, opulent, gorgeously pure style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it last longer. For old-time reader/subscribers, this might be the modern-day equivalent of the great 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection that I recommended back in the late 1970s and is still going strong today."

    90 POINTS! James Suckling, 2011 Vintage

    "A no nonsense Napa cabernet with chocolate, berry and plum character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Fun to drink."

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