Freemark Abbey

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1368 ratings
9.124 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.0

Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and crushed berries on the nose.

The palette is expansive with linze torte, licorice and a reasonable use of oak. Tannins are not resolved, which makes sense given the vintage. Finishes taught and long. A very good effort from a solid producer.

Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and crushed berries on the nose.

The palette is expansive with linze torte, licorice and a reasonable use of oak. Tannins are not resolved, which makes sense given the vintage. Finishes taught and long. A very good effort from a solid producer.

3 people found it helpfulApr 10th, 2016
Tom Casagrande

My kind of Napa Cab. Everything in balance. Beautiful cassis fruit, little note of eucalyptus, graphite, earth. Beautiful fruit and acidity. Long pure finish. Can't wait until they bring the dry aged strip!

My kind of Napa Cab. Everything in balance. Beautiful cassis fruit, little note of eucalyptus, graphite, earth. Beautiful fruit and acidity. Long pure finish. Can't wait until they bring the dry aged strip!

Jul 1st, 2017
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.5

Holy crap, this shocked me. The 2012 Freemark Abbey is perhaps the best value Napa Cab in years. Gorgeous floral nose, followed by a smooth, velvety finish of dark berries and spice. This is what Napa Cabernet is all about. Score: 95 points (Just looked: Parker gave 93 points, and WE gave 90 and must've been drinking a different wine)

Holy crap, this shocked me. The 2012 Freemark Abbey is perhaps the best value Napa Cab in years. Gorgeous floral nose, followed by a smooth, velvety finish of dark berries and spice. This is what Napa Cabernet is all about. Score: 95 points (Just looked: Parker gave 93 points, and WE gave 90 and must've been drinking a different wine)

Jun 10th, 2017
Sommelara

One amazing vintage!

One amazing vintage!

Dec 13th, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

For this only being 0.5% above the legal limit, it's a whole lot of Cabernet. Cassis, currant, cedar, fresh pine, hazelnut, and those rolled wafer cookies (and yes, I believe this is a technical term). When I imagine in my head what Napa Cabernet tastes like it's extremely close to this. Beautifully rich and unnoticeably dry.

For this only being 0.5% above the legal limit, it's a whole lot of Cabernet. Cassis, currant, cedar, fresh pine, hazelnut, and those rolled wafer cookies (and yes, I believe this is a technical term). When I imagine in my head what Napa Cabernet tastes like it's extremely close to this. Beautifully rich and unnoticeably dry.

Nov 16th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

See sister rating from Rutherford

See sister rating from Rutherford

Nov 5th, 2016
Katherine Bordelon

Court of Master Sommelier Guild member

8.8

Balanced, simple, non lingering. An easy go to.

Balanced, simple, non lingering. An easy go to.

Oct 9th, 2016
Justin Rusch

Dark ripe fruit and amazing finish.

Dark ripe fruit and amazing finish.

Apr 20th, 2016
Weijie Shi (Jay)

2012 vintage

2012 vintage

Apr 18th, 2016
Roy Goble

Was told Parker gave this a 93. Too generous.

Was told Parker gave this a 93. Too generous.

Feb 1st, 2016