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72 Ratings
Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Details

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2013 Vintage) The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey. Josephine, a native of San Lorenzo, California and her husband, John Tychson, a Danish immigrant, moved to St. Helena in 1881. For $8,500, they purchased 147 acres north of St. Helena, which later became known as "Tychson Hill". In the years that followed, Freemark Abbey went through a period of several different owners until 1966, when a group of partners purchased the winery. In 1993, Winemaker Ted Edwards became a partner. Edwards assumed the role of managing partner in addition to maintaining the responsibilities he has held as winemaker since 1985.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (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+" The Wine Advocate, 92+ Points "Intense ripe berries, stones and fresh leather on the nose. Full body, chewy tannins and a powerful finish. A little extracted. Needs three to four years to soften. Try in 2021." James Suckling, 92 Points
  • Wine Spectator
    (1998 Vintage) "Many of us feel that this release by Freemark Abbey rivals last year Cabernet that was included on Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of the Year list. Freemark Abbey, long known for their exceptional Cabernets, has long been known as a winery that takes special care in selecting and producing their wine . . . and they are awarded well for it . . . Last year’s regular Cabernet earned a 91 point score from the Wine Spectator. One of the great boutique wineries in all of California, the 1998 offering i...
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2001 Vintage) 13% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Franc; 4% Petit Verdot. While we find no fault with this bottling's very proper varietal themes of cherries, oak and herbs, the one wants for more volume, more range and more overall intensity to be much more than a clean but somewhat hollowed-out wine.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2001 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (2001 Vintage)