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"The 2014 Chardonnay is a non-malolactic 100% Chardonnay that’s 45% barrel-fermented. The wine is sensational. There are nearly 10,000 cases of this wine, which shows loads of white peach, honeysuckle, green apple and melon notes in a distinctive, clean, steely Chablis-like style. There is some tropical fruit, such as pineapple, but the overall character is one of great acid, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no real oak influence. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Freemark Abbey has hit pay dirt big-time, with plenty of terrific offerings that are being released now and early in 2016. Winemaker Ted Edwards seems to go from strength to strength and readers looking for top-flight Napa wines priced under $50.00 need to check out several of these immediately, as I’m sure they’ll be huge crowd-pleasers." (WA)
"8. 2014 Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley ($30) – Light yellow;
fragrant, floral, green apple and tropical fruit aroma with a
note of minerality and hints of jasmine, nutmeg, and lemon
curd; medium to medium-full body; rounded, fleshy, apple
and Meyer lemon flavors with some suppleness in the
mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 14.5%
alcohol; 9,848 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 45% BF; 0% ML;
released October 2015. (Group Score: 16.0, 0/0/2; My Score:
16.5 [88/100], eighth place)" (CGV)
Brilliant greenish straw in color, our chardonnay expresses fruit aroma of green apple, pear, ripe banana, ripe pineapple, and tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla, and the nuance of angel food cake with a slight baked apple and clove. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing long finish. The flavors are lively on the palate with pear, citrus, lemon-lime, green apple and peach. This wine shows great complexity, creaminess, and elegance to be paired with many foods.