Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2012

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"This oaky, fruity Chardonnay is lush and opulent. It has flavors of buttered toast, sweet cream, pineapples, tangeri...

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This smells lovely with a bit of a jolly ranch aspect to the candied lime fruit that greets the nose but it’s joined by aromas of freshly baked bre... Read more

Very aromatic and fruity on the nose with aromas of pineapple, apricot, mango and lime over a base of hazelnut and honeycomb. This fills the mouth ... Read more

This greets the nose with notes of fresh cream, lime, a pinch of nutmeg and vanilla, all over deeply layered fruit. Pretty rich on the palate with ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Freemark Abbey Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065184,987
4.00 5
11/15/2013

This smells lovely with a bit of a jolly ranch aspect to the candied lime fruit that greets the nose but it’s joined by aromas of freshly baked bread, spiced apples and even a suggestion of raspberries. Soft in the mouth and a touch of the creamy almond milk side of the spectrum. I expected a bit more lift on the palate, which is well endowed with peachy , pear fruit all underpinned with fine sweet oak notes. Smooth and easy to drink, this does have subtle mineral and citrus pith notes offers some contrast to the sweet oak and fruit flavors, but it still comes off as more to the sweetly fruity side of things and finishes quickly. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065184,987
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/18/2012

Very aromatic and fruity on the nose with aromas of pineapple, apricot, mango and lime over a base of hazelnut and honeycomb. This fills the mouth with very well-delineated flavors of apple skins, honeycomb and dried lemon flavors in a style that combines assertive acidity and a gentle roundness. Very much in what is called a Burgundian style, the flavors gain a creamy edge on the back end and the almondy oak builds slightly on the moderately long finish. This really wants some food, but is very well-balanced and fun to drink with complex, well-meshed flavors. 91pts Acidity: Medium High Perceived Sweetness: Low Oak: Medium Low Spicy Flavors: Low Savory Flavors: Medium Fruity Flavors: Medium High Intensity of Flavor: Medium High Weight in Mouth: Medium High


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065184,987
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/24/2012

This greets the nose with notes of fresh cream, lime, a pinch of nutmeg and vanilla, all over deeply layered fruit. Pretty rich on the palate with supporting acids, this definitely makes in impression. There’s a fine creaminess to the texture here. Crème brûlée notes on the palate support flavors of ginger, pineapple and pithy citrus fruits. This is very well balanced, there are no edges and the oak plays a supporting role right through the moderately long apple and grapefruit pith finish, ending with a burst of bright spiciness. This is a bit more Chardonnay than I prefer in my glass but the quality is undeniable. 91pts


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Snooth User: EMark
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 09/26/2013

Pretty big nose with multiple tropical fruit aromas--banana, pineapple. Pineapple, especially, hits the initial palate. I love the acid tartness that sort of continues the pineapple thing, but then morphs more to tart green apple. A very refreshing wine. US$18.49 at Costco in Chino Hills.


3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/18/2012

Bright, light white peach and lemon aromas. A hint of honey and cream, medium acidity, and apples in the palate. Sticks around quite a while in the mouth.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/28/2010

Nose of apple, pear, lemon, some floral notes and a hint of smoke. Nicely balanced oak and fruit on the palate, with hints of spicy oak. It lingers, smoky and rich. Very smooth and nice. - Tasted at winery 4/18/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/28/2010

Stainless steel tank, no ML, aged in oak but not fermented. Nice notes of apple, pear and oak spice. - Tasted at winery 4/18/10


Snooth User: solargecko
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/09/2010

Three stars on WYPR's Cellar Notes.

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  • Snooth User: VegasOenophile
    20275912,195
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 07/03/2012

    Toasty marshmallow and white flowers on the nose as well as stone fruit and cream. It's rich and creamy on the palate. Toasty, stone fruit flavors. Rich and lush. Well balanced and tasty. 91 pts France vs. US Blind Tasting 6/15/12


    Snooth User: VegasOenophile
    20275912,195
    2.50 5
    Vintage: 2003 05/22/2010

    Upon first opening, it seemed long past it's time. Skunky and musty and tasting rather bitter. I Vac-U-Vined it and put it back in the fridge. The next night at our tasting, it resurrected somehow. An interesting nose of roasted marshmallow. Creamy and again roasted marshmallow on the palate with still some bitterness underneath from the age. In it's prime, I am sure it was a great chardonnay. - Tasted at Schreiner's Winers: The Aging Process- Library/Older Wines 5/21/10


    External Reviews for Freemark Abbey Chardonnay

    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    03/01/2014

    Nice and bright, with citrus and tropical fruit flavors bringing up the forefront, complemented by a Granny Smith apple backbone. Full-bodied, with nice notes of vanilla, hazelnut and cream. A well-crafted, well-balanced wine for sure.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    03/01/2014

    Youthful greenish straw in color, this Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruit aromas of banana, apple, pear, coupled with tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla, fresh coconut, and the nuance of angel food cake with a slight butterscotch. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing minerality. The flavors on the palate are predominantly citrus, lemon-lime and peach.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    12/09/2013

    This oaky, fruity Chardonnay is lush and opulent. It has flavors of buttered toast, sweet cream, pineapples, tangerines, tropical-fruit jam, sautéed bananas and limes, accented with brisk acidity.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    12/09/2013

    The 2012 Chardonnay is a non-malolactic, old style California Chardonnay that sees little new oak (about 15% new French is utilized). Lots of pear, lemon oil and citrus notes emerge from this crisp, medium-bodied, fresh, lively Chardonnay. Enjoy it over the next 4–5 years.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2011 09/06/2013

    Sweet tangerine, tropical fruit and honey flavors mark this Chardonnay. It was wise on the winemaker’s part to avoid the malolactic fermentation, because the fresh apple acidity livens up the richness. With a touch of buttered toast from new oak barrels, it’s a savory wine to drink now.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2011 09/06/2013

    My favorite style of Chardonnay, the Freemark Abbey is classic California. Luscious toffee and butter give a full, round mouthfeel, while the sunny cantaloupe and banana peek from underneath, adding a brightness and lift. The oak is palpable, but not overwhelming. This is the kind of wine that just screams “fall.”


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 02/02/2013

    Very pretty lemon zest and green apple aromatics with some hay, vanilla, and coconut. Really round and well structured with more minerality coming across on the palate.


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    Ratings & Tags for Freemark Abbey Chardonnay

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    2010 12/27/2013

    Winemaker's Notes:

    "This oaky, fruity Chardonnay is lush and opulent. It has flavors of buttered toast, sweet cream, pineapples, tangerines, tropical-fruit jam, sautéed bananas and limes, accented with brisk acidity." WE 11/13

    "This oaky, fruity Chardonnay is lush and opulent. It has flavors of buttered toast, sweet cream, pineapples, tangerines, tropical-fruit jam, sautéed bananas and limes, accented with brisk acidity." WE 11/13

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