2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1225388

Price: $44.99

RP 93 JS 92 CG 91
W&S 90 WE 90
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K&L Notes

2012 was a long, sunny vintage in Napa, and the wines have the potential for greatness. This is a blend from over 20 vineyards, with a touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec to round out the Cabernet Sauvignon. From the winery: "Selecting from all over the Napa Valley, we were truly kids in a candy store in creating this 2012 Cabernet with its youthful dark ruby color. With great complexity, the wine expresses aromas of fresh boysenberry, blackberry pie, Bing cherry, dark chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, all integrated with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, clove and a hint of black pepper. 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."

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Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a beautifully made Napa Cabernet that balances the juicy ripe fruit with a firm tannin structure. Hints of green notes underlay and support the flavor without dominating it. Due to the ripeness of the 2012 vintage this wine, though young, is drinking remarkably well right now. With the structure though I could easily see this wine being able to cellar for a number of years.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Freemark Abbey is on a roll. The pitch-perfect Cabernet hits keep coming at this venerable northern Napa Valley winery. Inviting aromas are classic Cab: somewhere between kirsch and cassis, but with an underlying green, savory, brush quality. I love the juicy, yet ultimately balanced, pure fruit on the palate, which makes it a delicious young Cab for drinking now. That said, given the tannins, flavor intensity and overall structure, I would not hesitate to lay some of these down for mid-term (5-10 years) cellaring. Want to go longer? Go for it, I suspect these will age wonderfully.


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