Freemark Abbey has been an iconic Napa Valley landmark for well over 100 years. Initially constructed in 1886, the structure graces the label of one of the valley’s legacy wineries, renowned for its participation in the pivotal Judgement of Paris wine tasting of 1976 In 1881 when Josephine and John Tychson purchased 147 acres in the Napa Valley. Five years later, after John’s death, Josephine built her original redwood winery on the current site of Freemark Abbey in St. Helena. Josephine was the first female vintner in California! The wines we’re tasting:
2017 Sauvignon Blanc NAPA VALLEY
This brilliant green-straw colored wine is brimming with tropical freshness. The aroma is reminiscent of citrus fruits accompanied by notes of honeydew melon, white peach, green apple, kiwi and a hint of lemongrass. Flavors of citrus, melon and green apple mingle in perfect harmony. This wine has balanced fruit and brightness, refreshing acidity and a long, clean finish. Stainless steel and older French oak barrels; average total barrel time was 28 days. Aged in barrel: 47 days
Regular Price $26.99 SALE $24.29
2016 Chardonnay NAPA VALLEY
Light greenish straw in color, our chardonnay expresses fruit aroma of ripe pineapple, ripe banana, guava, apricot, peach and tropical fruit cocktail. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice like nutmeg, light toast, and the nuance of angel food cake. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing long finish. The flavors are lively on the palate with pear, citrus, lemonlime, green apple and fleshy peach. This wine shows great complexity, creaminess, and elegance to compliment many foods. Aging Barrels: 85% is oak aged with roughly 19% new French oak
Regular Price $29.99 SALE $26.99
2014 Merlot NAPA VALLEY
The dominant flavor of this rich and smooth Merlot is black cherry, with nuances of milk chocolate, integrated spicy oak and arugula. Great balance of fruit, body, tannin and acidity. The depth and richness of flavor provide a smooth profile that delivers from the initial sip and continues on the palate for a long beautiful finish. Aged in Barrel: 16 months
Regular Price $35.99 SALE $32.39
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon NAPA VALLEY
94 Points – Robert Parker Opaque, dark ruby color introduces this wine that expresses dark fruit aroma and flavors. With spicy sweet oak complexity, the wine exudes dark fruit such as blackberry, black currant, blueberry and dark cherry. There are nuances of dark chocolate, chocolate berry truffle dusted with cocoa powder, cola, aromatic cedar, cinnamon, clove, graham crackers and a hint of tobacco. The body is very full with a soft entry, coupled 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. In one word… delicious. Approximately 33.4% new French oak, 1% new American Oak (Total = 88% French oak, 12% American oak)
Regular Price $58.99 SALE $53.09
2013 Freemark Abbey, Cabernet Sauvignon RUTHERFORD
90 points Parker
A 2,218-case cuvée made from a blend of 78.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in 28% new French oak, this is another relatively tannic, backward wine, but it is 2013, which are now starting to close down ever so slightly. It is built for the long haul, with loads of cassis, black cherry fruit, a touch of allspice, and sweet, toasty oak. This is a big, chewy, dense, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to drink between 2020 and 2035.
Regular Price $84.99 SALE $76.49
Wine tasting starts at 6:30 pm sharp.
This wine tasting will be a standing, reception style event hosted at the wine bar in our wine shop. Complementary cheese plates will be shared during the event. For dinner before or afterwards, please be sure to make a separate reservation with the restaurant.
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