Freemark Abbey

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

9.29 ratings
9.33 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Nose has old leather, dry garden soil, dried blackberry, dried black cherry, dark chocolate bar, roasted green pepper, wet chalk and faint vanilla/oak.

Palate has dried blackberry, ripe black currant, dried licorice, stale chocolate cake, dried blueberry, moist leather, moist garden soil with smooth tannins and a medium finish.

Purchased in February 2015, our last bottle on this vintage. This bottling can hold in proper storage until 2026-2030.

Nose has old leather, dry garden soil, dried blackberry, dried black cherry, dark chocolate bar, roasted green pepper, wet chalk and faint vanilla/oak.

Palate has dried blackberry, ripe black currant, dried licorice, stale chocolate cake, dried blueberry, moist leather, moist garden soil with smooth tannins and a medium finish.

Purchased in February 2015, our last bottle on this vintage. This bottling can hold in proper storage until 2026-2030.

Sep 19th, 2020
Cory Fierro

Cabernet franc is not the most well known expression of the varietal, but it has all the hallmarks of being from Napa and being a cab franc. Initial burst of green pyrazines on the nose give way to soft vanillin from oak influence. Softer tannins than expected on the palate but with a lingering finish. Superb.

Cabernet franc is not the most well known expression of the varietal, but it has all the hallmarks of being from Napa and being a cab franc. Initial burst of green pyrazines on the nose give way to soft vanillin from oak influence. Softer tannins than expected on the palate but with a lingering finish. Superb.

Nov 18th, 2016
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.2

This one threw me for a loop. Not typical Napa at all. Very Loire Cab Franc. Haven't had any Freemarks this recent, but if this is a new more restrained style (and they've already managed to stay rather old-school) I'm totally on board.

This one threw me for a loop. Not typical Napa at all. Very Loire Cab Franc. Haven't had any Freemarks this recent, but if this is a new more restrained style (and they've already managed to stay rather old-school) I'm totally on board.

Apr 2nd, 2015
Andy Fessel

Great nose - cassis - good fruit - great finish - very nice and solid finish

Great nose - cassis - good fruit - great finish - very nice and solid finish

Jul 29th, 2016
Dennis Labita

Beautiful vintage that I wish I had more of. Strong wine with an elegant body finishing in a powerful pepper finish.

Beautiful vintage that I wish I had more of. Strong wine with an elegant body finishing in a powerful pepper finish.

Feb 18th, 2016
Atticus Honore

Atticus had this 3 months ago

Atticus had this 3 months ago

Aug 16th, 2020
Wayne Stargardt

Wayne had this 8 months ago

Wayne had this 8 months ago

Mar 14th, 2020
Andrew Notarfrancesco

Andrew had this 4 years ago

Andrew had this 4 years ago

Sep 11th, 2016
Mike P
9.2

Mike had this 4 years ago

Mike had this 4 years ago

Jul 16th, 2016