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2004 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon "Sycamore Vineyard"

Freemark Abbey 2004 Sycamore Cabernet

Winery: Freemark Abbey

Vintage: 2004

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Sycamore Vineyard"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, & 6% Cab Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Rutherford

State or country: CA

Price: $55

Cases produced: 2,300

KWG Score: 94 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: September 15, 2009

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Cab from Freemark Abbey was my favorite wine is a recent tasting I conducted with winemaker Ted Edwards. It opens with a musty old oak bouquet with notes of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced, elegant, and smooth. The flavor profile is an oak integrated black currant with notes of black cherry and red beet. The finish is rather dry and its moderate tannins continue to build and linger for quite a while. This Cab will show nicely for some time. If you want to enjoy it soon, it would pair very well with beef bourguignon. Cheers - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The color is an opaque ruby-garnet, an abyss for white light! The aroma opens with a brooding black raspberry syrup, milk chocolate and briary thicket. Dark currants, slight pepper corn with brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of aromatic cedar fill in the complexity. The tannins are really quite pleasant with plenty of structure for age worthiness. The flavor is in the realm of blackberry, dark chocolate, and black currant with a long, lingering finish.

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