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Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignontext

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California, United StatesIt's cabernet sauvignon on the label, but a Bordeaux blend in spirit. It takes full advantage of California's ability to blend in a healthy dollop of other grapes into a single varietal wine, with merlot (16%), malbec (4%), petit verdot (3%), and cabernet franc (1%). It also blends valley floor and mountain fruit from five vineyards, to produce a wine led by cassis and backed by an appealing savouriness with graphite, mint, and a touch of developing cedar. The vanilla-tinged oak is present but balanced (35% new French oak), leading to a medium-full bodied palate that's linear in texture with firm tannins. Just starting to enter prime time, this is true both to Napa and the estate's house style.Tasted: 27 March 2021Tasted by: Prices:
AB$47.99750mlprivate wine shops
Producer: Freemark AbbeyDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 561126UPC: 015917026968