2009 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A powerful, direct wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon hits the palate with a blast of dark cherries, plums, violets and spice box. The tannins remain quite firm, so another few years of cellaring is probably a good idea. I very much like the sense of energy and direction, especially on the finish. The 2009 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, from parcels in Stage Coach, Potelle, Veeder Peak, Bosche and Sycamore. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. This is a super-impressive showing from Freemark Abbey and winemaker Ted Edwards.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(blended with 12% merlot, 7% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cab franc): Good bright red-ruby. Cherry, redcurrant and flowers on the nose. Supple on entry, then a bit youthfully clenched in the middle, showing good grip to the flavors of cassis, minerals, licorice and herbs. Not hugely rich or fleshy but has good structure. A tad dry and peppery on the finish. This wine was to have been bottled in April.
The sweet frutiness and citrus-driven acidity of raspberry and cherry jam mark this savory, young wine. Its pedigree is impressive, ranging from the winery's historic Bosché Vineyard to Atlas Peak and Mount Veeder. it's insanelu rich, if a little obvious in its appeal, so drink over the next few years.
Shows a rustic graphite edge to the ripe plum fruit and crushed rock notes. Chewy throughout, yet complete and persistent. Drink now through 2022.