Mission Codename 1886
Today, we’re very happy to present to you another great 2016 Wine Intrigue Awards winner! This wine is our Operative’s Most Requested Wine of 2016. Our Operatives were nuts about this wine and they requested more of this wine than any other in 2016.
We’re nuts about it, too!
Today’s Freemark Abbey Winery 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the finest of the 2012 vintage. Robert Parker gave this wine a 93 point score - while giving the vintage a score of 96E.
That E is for Extraordinary.
This exquisite wine hits all of the right notes.
On the nose, this wine is bold, lush and very aromatic, with smoky blueberry, blackberry jam, mixed berry pie, leather, spice box, cigar box, dried fall leaves, twigs, chocolate covered cherry and subtle black pepper.
After an explosion of black cherry on the palate, rich, delicious flavors of blackberry, blueberry, cherry cordial, bramble bush, dried fall leaves, cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, slate mineral and cracked peppercorn follow.
This wine is an expressive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers all of the classic aromas, bold flavors and extravagant mouthfeel that one would expect from a true luxury Napa Cab.
Enjoy… but be quick. Our allocation is modest - and this wine won’t likely last the whole day.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
93 points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - “An absolutely fabulous value is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa… 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.”
What the Winery Says
2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Ted Edwards
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 16.6% Merlot
- 3.3% Cabernet Franc
- 2.6 % Petit Verdot
- 2.0% Malbec
- Napa Valley
- 25 months
- 86% French Oak (32% new) and 14% American Oak (8% new)
- Bottling Date
- March–April 2015