Country of Origin: USA
Region: Napa Valley
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.5%
For over half a century, America's premiere grape growing state has enjoyed a reputation closely linked to Cabernet Sauvignon. It's the king of red wine grapes in America as well as France for the same reason of the amazing complexity that skilled winemakers are able to coax out of it when grown in optimal terroirs. The world's best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown in these respective region. At the forefront of this sits Freemark Abbey, a Sta. Helena Winery founded in 1886, with nearly 50 vintages worth of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon tucked away in its cellar. Freemark Abbey's signature portfolio of wines represents one of the most fully realized Cabernet programs in America. They are produced by a Winery whose contemporary rise to prominence from the 1960s to the present has coincided with that of California's fine wine industry. Deep garnet with purplish hues, this 97 point rated 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon comes out swinging with vivacity boasting powerful notes of crushed black currants, blueberries, fresh blackberries, red & black plums with touches of underbrush, mushrooms, wild sage, chocolate mint, and cigar box. This is a full-bodied red built with a rock solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting generous chewy & crunchy fruit culminating in a long & satisfying finish with a fine mineral edge.
Opaque dark ruby in color, black currant & boysenberry characters dominate the nose with underlying notes of dark chocolate truffle & cocoa powder along with Worcestershire Sauce, Cremini Mushrooms, & forest floor elements adding further depth of complexity when combined with the aromatic cedar, cinnamon, & clove expressions from the oak. On the palate, this full-bodied wine manifests a great depth of black fruit flavors with a preponderance of sweet black cherry notes, resolute tannins, a firm structure, & good acidity leading to a long & lovely finish.