Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014
in mixed case $23.39
Light greenish straw in color, our chardonnay expresses fruit aroma of pear, apple, white peach, ripe banana, kiwi, lemon-lime and tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, toast, slight aromatic cedar and the nuance of angel food cake or marshmallow. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing long finish. The flavors are lively on the palate with pear, citrus, lemon-lime, green apple and fleshy peach. This wine shows great complexity, creaminess, and elegance to compliment many foods.
The 2014 Chardonnay is a non-malolactic 100% Chardonnay that's 45% barrel-fermented. The wine is sensational. There are nearly 10,000 cases of this wine, which shows loads of white peach, honeysuckle, green apple and melon notes in a distinctive, clean, steely Chablis-like style. There is some tropical fruit, such as pineapple, but the overall character is one of great acid, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no real oak influence. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Score: 91, Robert Parker, December 2015
Aged in stainless steel and small barrels of French oak, this wine remains smooth and silky with interweaved acidity, a classic, fresh expression of the variety with very subtle oak. Vanilla and pear find their way onto the finish, providing additional layers of flavor and finesse.
Score: 91, Virginie Boone, July 1, 2016
Aromas of apple and citrus blossom fold over to the palate, showing touches of peach and melon. Fresh and lively, with zesty acidity. Ends with citrus themes accented by a pithy texture. Drink now through 2018. 9,848 cases made.
Score: 89, James Laube, June 15, 2016
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