2002 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
First, I must address these somewhat ridiculous past 3 months or so. Haven't been feeling well, or myself, in a long time, and it's affecting everything. Who was it that said When the mind suffers, the body cries out. This will hopefully eventually sort itself out, but in the meantime . . . please bear with the inconsistent writing and posting schedule.
I believe this is the first bottle of Napa cabernet that I've ever bought myself. Probably more indicative of my Eurocentric tendencies, but I don't buy these wines not because I dislike them - rather, I don't buy because I refuse to pay over $50 for the hype associated with Napa. So when I see a bottle of Napa wine with a bit of bottle age, pedigree, and at relatively inexpensive prices, I go for it. Hard.
This is 85% varietal, blended with merlot and petit verdot, making it one of the closer approximates to the Médoc coming out of California. Dark still, looking very youthful. Spice and oak and all that, but the fruit remains fresh and vibrant. Young all around, showing lots of oak spice on the palate. Despite that, this still remains balanced, and dare I say, more European in personality. But just. Still young, still quite structured, has yet to unwind . . . but will these wines ever shed that primary fruit? And will the oak ever truly integrate?