Freemark Abbey recently released their Cabernet Sauvignons which spotlights the character of specific sub-AVA’s within Napa Valley. These wines offer an enjoyable journey through Napa Valley!

Freemark Abbey
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Napa Valley

Opaque, dark ruby in color, this wine expresses dark fruit aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant dark cherry. There are nuances of dark chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove and a hint of tobacco. The sweet oak spice is well integrated, adding to the overall complexity. Full-bodied with a soft entry, coupled with dark cherry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture, integrated tannins and pleasant mouth feel, this cabernet is rich and opulent.

The primary vineyards include Oakville Reach, Calistoga Pecota Vineyard, Bosche Vineyard, Stagecoach Vineyard and Sycamore Vineyard. Composition is 75.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.9% Merlot, 7.3% Petit Verdo, 6.1% Cabernet Franc, and 1.6 % Melbec.

The 2015 winter was one of the driest on record for Napa Valley. The region received 75 percent of normal precipitation. The relatively dry, warm winter promoted early bud break and a cool spring supported a long flowering period. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was very light, with small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened about two weeks early. A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening process a bit early.

Freemark Abbey
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Rutherford, Napa Valley

Opaque black ruby in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon has intense depth. The aroma leads with boysenberry and dark cherry, all integrated with toasty oak yielding nuances of aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove, tobacco and dark chocolate cocoa powder. This is a big wine; the body is very full, balanced with dark cherry and plum fruit flavors, coupled with a good acidity and resolved tannins.

The primary vineyards include Sycamore Vineyard, Bosche Vineyard and Red Barn Ranch. The composition is 77.6 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.2 % Petit Verdot, 8.9 % Merlot and 4.3% Cabernet Franc.

The 2015 winter was one of the driest on record for Napa Valley. The region received 75 percent of normal precipitation. The relatively dry, warm winter promoted early bud break and a cool spring supported a long flowering period. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was very light, with small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened about two weeks early. A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening process a bit early.

 

 

Freemark Abbey
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Oakville, Napa Valley

Opaque dark ruby describes the color of the Oakville wine. Black currant and boysenberry notes dominate the aroma, with nuances of dark cherry, cocoa powder, new shoe leather, black pepper and forest floor. There is a complexity in the nose that hints of tobacco. The wine has great depth of black fruit flavor, with a strong expression of sweet black cherry and dark plum. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has a smooth entry with well resolved tannins giving it structure yet a relatively soft finish.

The primary Vineyard is Oakville Reach located at the southern end of the Oakville AVA, to the east of HWY 29 and just north of Yountville. The Oakville vineyard has gravelly alluvial loam soil, similar to the To Kalon vineyard on the west side of the highway. The climate is moderately warm in the afternoon, and strongly affected by the night and early morning fog, which helps to keep acidity levels in balance.

The 2015 winter was one of the driest on record for Napa Valley. The region received 75 percent of normal precipitation. The relatively dry, warm winter promoted early bud break and a cool spring supported a long flowering period. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was very light, with small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened about two weeks early. A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening process a bit early.

The composition is 100% Sabernet Sauvignon.

Freemark Abbey
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

This wine is very dark, in fact, it is opaque garnet with ruby edges. With massive depth, the aroma opens to ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry brambly forest floor, mushroom and black pepper with very well integrated oak spices. The spicy oak has subtle nuances of cinnamon, clove, aromatic cedar and the overall impression is of dark chocolate truffle dusted with cocoa powder. The entry is full and promising with dark fruit flavors like dark cherry, plum and blackberry with a hint of espresso.

Veeder Peak is the primary vineyard. This mountain top vineyard, in the Mr Veeder appellation, produces dark fruit with tons of depth, extract and structure. The mountain top soils are sedimentary, shallow, generally well drained and sandy loam in texture, uniquely mineral rich and acidic with low fertility. With cool climate in general, this mountain top vineyard, is typically above fog line. With warmer nights and cooler days that the valley floor, high temperatures usually top out at 85 degrees. This terroir develops small vines with low yields, small berries and very flavorful wines.

The winter was one of the driest on record for the Napa Valley. When we did get rain however, it came right at the time the vines need it the most promoting bud break and new shoot growth. The balance of the season was moderate to warm. The crop was abundant and the and the fruit ripened in most cases, a good two week early. Nothing to complain about, only thankful for a wonderful harvest yielding great wines with immense depth of flavor.

Cynthia Calvert
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