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Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Details

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2011 Vintage) From a wonderfully abundant vintage with exceptional quality, this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of all five Bordeaux varietals carefully selected from 20+ vineyards across the Napa Valley. With great complexity, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of fresh boysenberry, blackberry pie, Bing cherry, and cocoa-dusted chocolate berry truffle, all integrated with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, clove and a hint of black pepper. With dark cherry and berry flavors from start to finish, this Cabernet is full-bodied, rich and opulent.

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    jbtoney

    The appearance is opaque dark ruby with reddish hues. On the nose, this wine shows black currant, blackberry compote, juniper berry and dark chocolate, with cinnamon and clove. The oak is well integrated with a slight nuance of aromatic cedar. The flavor has full cherry-berry notes with cassis and a fleshy mid-palate over a bed of resolved tannins. A very inviting wine, it is full flavored from start to finish, with a very long lingering fruitfulness. 93 Points Wine Enthusiast Shows all the hallmarks of an ageable wine. It's bone dry, big and hard in tannins, and densely packed with blackberries, cherries, cola, licorice and smoky cedar notes. Nowhere near ready. Better after 2015. 92 Points Wine & Spirits This starts off as black satin, mostly tannin and dark fruit, before air brings up more distinct black cherry and earth in the middle of the wine. The plush texture doesn't get in the way of the firm structue, allowing the wine to build complexity as it develops in teh glass. Cellar it for a few years or decant a bottle for roast leg of lamb.

    over 5 years
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    a wonderful cab from the 2007 Napa vintage!

    about 6 years
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    Christmas 15 w Josh

    over 1 year
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    $32 Drink til 2016

    9 months
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    about 1 year
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    not sure

    almost 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • 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)
  • Wine Advocate
    (1994 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97