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72 Ratings
Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Details

Style

Red

Wine Description

Aromas of plum, cherry, cranberry and woodsy spice. Appealing black cherry flavors, with a soft finish of dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Great with steaks, chops and hard cheeses.

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    2014 vintage — B9 — ‘019 — nineteen -- 2014 vintage -- Everything Wine May2018, $60.00 -- Blend: 78.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5.6% Malbec, 2.2% Cabernet Franc -- 95 points, Decanter said, "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" -- 93 points, James Suckling said, "This shows hot stones, ash, undertones of citrus, slate and oyster shell. Lots of blue fruit on the palate with licorice character to define the full body, tight yet grippy tannins and fruity yet minerally finish. Drink in '019" -- 92 points, Robert Parker said, "has a compelling perfume of dried roses, fragrant herbs and dusty earth over a core of crushed plums and blackberries with a waft of tobacco. Medium-bodied, lively and expressive in the mouth, it has a pleasant pluminess accented by herb and earth notions, finishing long and chewy" --

    6 months
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    Had at the Compass Room at the Hyatt downtown Phoenix

    about 2 years
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    Dried figs and black peppers

    7 months
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)