Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Freemark Abbey Cab scores big with Robert Parker

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon...$35.99
Compare to $44 at the Winery
With the rising cost of Napa Caberent these days it is refreshing to see an old favorite get the recognition they deserve. Freemark Abbey has long been a great source of well made and thankfully well priced Napa Valley Cabernet.
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.
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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