Freemark Abbey

2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

California: Napa Valley

Offer Expired:Jun 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm
$44.00
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

The Bentley of Napa Cabs

Today’s outstanding Freemark Abbey Winery 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon proves one delicious point: not all Napa Cabernets are created equal.

Today’s wine is everything we’ve come to love and expect from Freemark Abbey, with the delicate nuanced flavor elements that you often find in high-end Napa Cabs. In fact, one member of our tasting panel described today’s wine as the Bentley of Napa Cabernets, in that it’s entirely comfortable in its elegance, without the need to be anything more.

Winemaker Ted Edwards has been crafting Napa Cabs for Freemark for nearly 30 years, and that expertise shines through in today’s vintage. In what was an otherwise tough growing year, Ted managed to craft an outstanding Cab that, we believe, stands up to his 92+ Rated (Parker) 2010 Vintage.

You’ll only find today’s vintage here - Agent Red scored an exclusive deal - so please enjoy with our boldest recommendation.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Deep, deep crimson, with slight flecks of ruby, in the heart of the glass. A slight kiss of lighter red forms as the wine transitions to the edge of the glass.

Smell:

Deeply layered aromas leap from the glass, with lush dark, black fruit notes of dark plum, dark cherry, and blackberry abutting earth and spice notes of toasty oak, warm spice box, sandalwood, rhubarb, clove, and a touch of fresh arugula.

Taste:

An impressive flavor profile, with juicy fruit, spice, and earth in perfect unison. Black cherry, boysenberry, and a touch of blueberry (from the Merlot) are delicately laid overtop cedar wood cigar box, dark mocha powder, super dark chocolate, clove, black peppercorn, and an echo of river rock minerality.

Finish:

Rich, opulent, and beautifully soft on the finish, with grippy, well integrated tannins and dark fruit flavors that linger and linger. A lovely touch of acidity shines through from the high-elevation fruit.

Pairing:

A slight variation on the classic Beef Bourguignon - we used short ribs and couldn’t have been happier.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Ted Edwards
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Sources
Martini, Lower Cardinale Vineyard, Veeder Peak, Popcorn, Bosche Vineyard
Fruit Variety
76.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.8% Merlot, 2.7% Cabernet Franc, 1.3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Cooperage
22 months in 40% new French oak
ABV
13.5%

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Jun 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm
$44.00
Avg. Price
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