Freemark Abbey 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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James Suckling 93 pts.
“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 2019.”
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 92pts.
“Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley—blended of 78.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5.6% Malbec and 2.2% Cabernet Franc—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.”
DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING- Ted Edwards
WINE PROFILE 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. In one word…delicious.
Stage Coach Vineyard – Atlas Peak (15.6%)
Herrick II – Yountville (13.1%)
Bosché Vineyard – Rutherford (12.5%)
Kellogg West – Knight’s Valley (8.8%)
Sycamore Vineyard – Rutherford (8.1%)
Oakville Reach Vineyard – Oakville (7.7%)
Pecota Vineyard – Calistoga (5.6%)
Yverdon Vineyard – Spring Mountain (4.4%)
GROWING SEASON NOTES The winter was one of the driest on record for the Napa Valley; however, when we did get rain, it came when the vines needed it most, promoting bud break and new shoot growth. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was abundant, and the fruit ripened about two weeks early on average. 2014 was a wonderful harvest yielding great wines with immense depth of flavor.
78.2% Cabernet Sauvignon
6.0 % Petit Verdot
2.2% Cabernet Franc
Barrels: Approx. 30% new French oak, 2.5% new American oak. (Total: 86% French oak, 14% American oak)
Cooperage: Mixed, predominantly World Cooperage. Aged in Barrel: 27.7 months