2009 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Shows a rustic graphite edge to the ripe plum fruit and crushed rock notes. Chewy throughout, yet complete and persistent. Drink now through 2022. 17,000 cases made." (WS)

"A powerful, direct wine, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon hits the palate with a blast of dark cherries, plums, violets and spice box. The tannins remain quite firm, so another few years of cellaring is probably a good idea. I very much like the sense of energy and direction, especially on the finish. The 2009 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, from parcels in Stage Coach, Potelle, Veeder Peak, Bosche and Sycamore. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

This is a super-impressive showing from Freemark Abbey and winemaker Ted Edwards." (WA)

"(blended with 12% merlot, 7% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cab franc): Good bright red-ruby. Cherry, redcurrant and flowers on the nose. Supple on entry, then a bit youthfully clenched in the middle, showing good grip to the flavors of cassis, minerals, licorice and herbs. Not hugely rich or fleshy but has good structure. A tad dry and peppery on the finish. This wine was to have been bottled in April." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This Cabernet is opaque with a dark ruby-garnet color, complimentary to the rich dark aroma and flavor. The aromas of black currant, black cherry, berry and Santa Rosa plum are intertwined with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, clove and toast. The entry is soft, with dark cherry/berry flavors that develop from start to finish. With great texture and mouth feel, this Cabernet is full bodied, rich and opulent.