I had a wine club pickup waiting for me at Freemark Abbey, so this became our next stop. I had been waiting for months to check out the members' tasting room and the conditions finally lined up to let this happen. When we arrived at the winery, there was a falafel truck parked behind some cones in the parking lot, and a band was playing behind the winery. When I asked about this inside, I was told that they had a food truck event with a number of vendors that was just wrapping up, which I then remembered reading about in my e-mail. (I had forgotten about the event because I was planning to visit Napa Valley the week before, but changed my plans at the last minute to accommodate my guest.). I was also looking forward to tasting the wines in my wine club pickup to get an idea about cellaring needs.
|Inside the Member's tasting room at Freemark Abbey|
Thanks to the generous wine pours at the previous stop and the abundance of bubbly at our first stop, we decided to limit our pours to just three wines. We started with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, which was perfect for sipping on the members’ deck just outside. We followed this by the wine in my pickup, the 2009 Josephine Cabernet Sauvignon. We ended with the 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon because I wanted to compare this against my memory of the 2009 Cabernet. My clear favorite was the Josephine for its clean fruit and richness.
A full review was written already about Freemark Abbey during my visit on December 28th, 2012.