Ok, I have had this wine many times, over many vintages. It is a staple on a number of the wine lists that I oversee, and it is well known by the wine drinking community - mainly because the winery has been around for so long and it has a home in a premium wine region - Napa Valley.
So, why am I writing about it. Well, to begin with the wine has what many people are expecting from a Napa Cab Sauv - mainly, dark fruit, big mouth-feel, and a generously rich style and finish. There is an oak component to the wine that is present from the initial nose through to the somewhat long finish. With 14.5% alcohol, this wine is a bit hearty, but all that alcohol also contributes to the mouthfeel and body. The wine is definitely young at this point, but I am not convinced that a lot of these modern cabs will realistically age very well. They are all built for more immediate pleasure - so why not? Drink 'em if you got 'em!
It was not a special night last night, just an average Wednesday night. Although, we did get a sizeable snow storm and most schools and businesses were planning to close for at least part of the day, all well before the snow started to fall. With the wind howling, and knowing there would be a later than norm start to the day, tucking into a bottle of Freemark Abbey Napa Cabernet Sauvignon did not seem like a mistake. In fact, sometimes all you really want is the comfort of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, and this one always fits the bill.
Retail on this is around $60, and it should be easy to find in most markets.
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Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With over 25 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.