2011 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A no nonsense Napa cabernet with chocolate, berry and plum character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Fun to drink.
Medium-depth black cherry fruit laced with rounder, somewhat softer red cherry notes makes the early going in the nose and is filled out by hints of creamy oak and a slight herbal, twiggy scent. The wine is on the medium-bodied side with an early bit of suppleness that gets stiffened by modest tannins and evident, never pushy acidity. It can age a few years or be enjoyed sooner than that if a young Cabernet is on the menu.
Sourced from several prominent vineyards across the Napa Valley, planted on hillsides and valley floor, this Cab is buoyed by large handfuls of Merlot in addition to smaller sprinklings of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Juicy raspberry and blackberry rise to the fore followed by faint dried herb and cedar, a dry lick of cinnamon on the finish.
A solid effort, with aromas of dried herb, cedar, tobacco, currant and dusty berry. Turns leaner and ends up with drying tannins, yet remains very complete. (Web Only—2015)
From the incredibly cool 2011 vintage, this is a fresh, lower-in-alcohol version of Freemark Abbey's entry-level Cabernet. Aged in mostly French (with some American) oak, with 40% new. From the winery: "The 2011 Cabernet has an opaque, youthful dark ruby color. The aromas of dark cherry, ripe Santa Rosa plum, and black currant are integrated with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, and clove. With the subtle sweet aroma of dried figs, black pepper, dried herbs, and dark chocolate, this wine has an abundance of complex aromas and flavors. The body is very full with a soft entry, coupled with bright 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."