2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1225388 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (RP)  (12/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with hints of stones. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to soften. Plenty going on.  (1/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This generously filled, very well-focused offering is a textbook expression of the richness, the fruity succulence and supple feel that have made the Napa Valley version the standard by which all others are measured, and it does so at a price that makes it one of the best buys to be had among collectable Cabernets. It fixes on ripe currants and cherries early on with accents of briar, dusty soil, dried herbs and root-beer-like sweetness all in tow. If far from hard and standoffish, it is a wine not to be wasted by hasty drinking, and it fully deserves five or six more years of age. *Two Stars & Good Value*  (12/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Tangled in its tannins when first opened, this wine requires a day of air to take shape. The acidity hits the tannins with the spark of crushed stone, while flavors of tart plum and peach skin fill out the hard edges. Blended from 20 vineyards and five varieties (it’s 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec), this needs bottle age to soften.  (2/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 From several vineyard sites and combining all five red Bordeaux varieties, this wine is fermented in stainless steel before it rests over two years in both French and American oak. Powerful, it retains an elegance amid a tannic, grippy entry of toasted oak and black cherry, and a rich textured finish accented in cinnamon and chocolate. (VB)  (8/2016)

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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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2016 | Send Email
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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