Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

$49.99

93 Points - great buy                     A classic Napa Cabernet from Freemark Abbey. 92+ Points Robert Parker:  "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Freemark Abbey’s generic bottling from Napa, is a brilliant example, and at $50, a heck of a value. A blend of 75.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.9% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this wine spent nearly 26 months in oak. Opaque purple in color, it exhibits beautiful blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with hints of white chocolate, allspice and tobacco leaf. It is rich, full-bodied, seriously concentrated, and has 2013's relatively serious structure and tannic clout. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years... ...Freemark Abbey remains one of the legendary Napa Valley wineries. In spite of what many feared when it was acquired by the Jackson family of Kendall-Jackson, things have only gotten stronger and more consistent under their leadership, with the continuation of chief winemaker Ted Edwards. Since I have been tasting these wines over the last few years, this has been a consistent producer of high quality wines in both red and white. They have added a couple of new cuvées to the portfolio, but are still well-known for their non-malolactic style of Chardonnay."

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Ratings on Delectable

Cory Fierro Delectable Pro

Massively great standard Napa cab from a massively underrated (in my opinion) winery. There's got to be a good deal of Merlot blended in this as the nose has all the hallmarks of the grape, plus dark chocolate and blue fruit. The palate does get more intense, though it's a softer style of Cabernet that shows off it's complexity without having an overpowering element.

Massively great standard Napa cab from a massively underrated (in my opinion) winery. There's got to be a good deal of Merlot blended in this as the nose has all the hallmarks of the grape, plus dark chocolate and blue fruit. The palate does get more intense, though it's a softer style of Cabernet that shows off it's complexity without having an overpowering element.

9.1

Marc Stubblefield Delectable Pro

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

This is really lovely. Not trying too hard. Not trying to taste expensive or be a raging bargain. Just nice Napa fruit from a great vintage, made in a classic style. Probably would get lost in a side by side tasting, but one of those wines that just makes a hearty meal better.

This is really lovely. Not trying too hard. Not trying to taste expensive or be a raging bargain. Just nice Napa fruit from a great vintage, made in a classic style. Probably would get lost in a side by side tasting, but one of those wines that just makes a hearty meal better.

9.0

Al Shikoh Delectable Pro

Opaque purple. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, cocoa powder, and cedar. Full bodied with good concentration and nice tannic backbone. Blend of 75.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.9% Merlot, 5.9% Petit Verdot, 4.9% Cabernet Franc, 3.2 % Malbec fermented in stainless steel then aged in oak, 38% new French and 4% new American, for 25.6 months. A nice large production Napa Cab for less than $50 retail. 14.5% ABV.

Opaque purple. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, cocoa powder, and cedar. Full bodied with good concentration and nice tannic backbone. Blend of 75.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.9% Merlot, 5.9% Petit Verdot, 4.9% Cabernet Franc, 3.2 % Malbec fermented in stainless steel then aged in oak, 38% new French and 4% new American, for 25.6 months. A nice large production Napa Cab for less than $50 retail. 14.5% ABV.

9.1

Severn Goodwin Delectable Pro

Only $45 on the restaurant wine list, CRAZY! This is retail pricing.

Only $45 on the restaurant wine list, CRAZY! This is retail pricing.

9.2

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

Sampled 3/2018 at ProWein (Germany).

Sampled 3/2018 at ProWein (Germany).

Ray Vanderhoff

More of a Bordeaux Blend that is primarily Cab Sauv. Plenty of Dark Friut and Blueberry on the nose and pallet. Vanilla and dried rose petal notes on the long finish as well. Smooth tannins.

More of a Bordeaux Blend that is primarily Cab Sauv. Plenty of Dark Friut and Blueberry on the nose and pallet. Vanilla and dried rose petal notes on the long finish as well. Smooth tannins.

9.0

Radmila wollrab

Blind testing with 3 other California cabs. We liked this one, a bit too much tannins.

Blind testing with 3 other California cabs. We liked this one, a bit too much tannins.

8.8

Kara Stockman

Earthy tones, full bodied. Pairs well with steak. Leg breath for an hour before drinking.

Earthy tones, full bodied. Pairs well with steak. Leg breath for an hour before drinking.

9.3

Frank Soldano

Wonderful wine. Deep rich color. Drinks the 2013 in 2018. Thick long lasting legs. Lighter bouquet that starts when TJ cassis and from new she’s with earth notes. Slightly sweet taste, with a strong berry and dark stone fruit notes.

Wonderful wine. Deep rich color. Drinks the 2013 in 2018. Thick long lasting legs. Lighter bouquet that starts when TJ cassis and from new she’s with earth notes. Slightly sweet taste, with a strong berry and dark stone fruit notes.

9.5

Kevin Smith

Vail golf trip

Vail golf trip

8.9

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