While on our vacation to Lake Tahoe last week, my family & I decided to take an overnight trip to the Napa Valley region to enjoy some wine tasting and exploring. While there, my friends at Jackson Family Wines set up an AMAZING Cabernet Sauvignon tasting experience at the Freemark Abbey Winery in St. Helena.
Over the years I’ve done my fair share of wine tastings, getting personal tours of vineyards, walking amongst the grapes in Tuscany, yet I’m always intrigued to learn more. Freemark Abbey is nestled just north of Napa in St. Helena, a small town with a lot of charm. Upon pulling up to the estate, it may not seem like much, but once you enter their doors and take view of their exquisite restored interiors and gorgeous courtyard you’ll be encouraged to stay awhile.
Our gracious host was VIP Wine Educator, Grace Hoffman, who provided my family with a delightful experience starting with a tour of the property, including the wine library with vintages going back to the late 60’s, as well as an extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting comparison.
Renowned for their exquisite selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grace provided us with the opportunity to taste varietals only available at the winery and they surely did not disappoint. With vineyards located throughout different regions of Napa Valley, each varietal has a distinct taste. One of my favorites was the 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon which comes from the Rutherford Bench which is one of the finest locations for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
Having the opportunity to taste such refined wine varietals such as these available here at the historic Freemark Abbey winery is truly remarkable. Every winery you’ll go to for the rest of your trip to Napa you’ll be comparing them to those you taste at F.A. Grace did warn us that it would happen and she was correct! These Cab’s really do stand on their own.
I must note that we also sipped a few white varietals and ended up purchasing a few bottles of the Viognier. It was so crisp, refreshing and the hints of fruit flavors make it the perfect summer wine on a warm day.
Thank you again to Freemark Abbey and Jackson Family Wines for treating my family to such a wonderful experience!
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