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Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Napa Valley, California, United StatesThe renaissance at Freemark Abbey continues under the Jackson Family Wines banner, and in 2018, even the fruit cooperated. Winemakers Kristy Melton and Ted Edwards are behind his classic rendition of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Fragrant, mouthfilling, and awash in perfectly ripe fruit doused with cigar, cedar, and baking spices that linger forever on the palate. The tannins are dense but supple, providing just the proper structure for a wine you can drink now if you must. That said, it’s going nowhere for the next 20 years. What is more a reserve style red, 2018 mixes 87% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 6% petit verdot, 2% malbec, and 1% cabernet franc. The fruit comes from all over the Napa Valley, including the east and west valley floor and mountain sites. Primary vineyards include Keyes on Howell Mountain, Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak, and JFW Oakville Vineyard, with a smattering of cabs from Oakville, Calistoga and Rutherford. It all aged 27 months in French oak barrels, of which 40% were new.Tasted: 23 July 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$62.00750mlselect private retailers
MB$73.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Freemark AbbeyDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 561126UPC: 015917026968