Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The Bordeaux-inspired Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the winning wines in 1976 at the famous Judgment in Paris Tasting. A blend of Napa fruit including from Stagecoach, Veeder Peak and Sycamore, it has been a Napa Valley staple for many decades since then, and today Freemark Abbey is owned by the Jess Jackson family of Kendall-Jackson fame. Robert Parker wrote "Freemark Abbey has hit pay dirt big-time, with plenty of terrific offerings that are being released now and early in 2016. Winemaker Ted Edwards seems to go from strength to strength and readers looking for top-flight Napa wines priced under $50.00 need to check out several of these immediately, as I'm sure they'll be huge crowd-pleasers."
This 2014 is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Decanter Magazine scored this 95 points saying "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."
Wine AdvocateMedium 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. 36,160 cases produced.