2020 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JS 94

jamessuckling.com, April 2022

This is very steely and fresh with crushed-stone and lemon-rind undertones. Praline, too. Medium-bodied, linear and bright. About 40% malo. Mostly Carneros and Coombsville fruit. Excellent value for this quality. Drink or...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, February 2023

Coming from both Coombsville and Carneros, the 2020 Chardonnay spent 10 months in 36% new French oak. It’s a classy, outstanding effort offering lots of apple blossom, white flowers, and orange zest nuances in a...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2022

Freemark Abbey's 2020 Chardonnay blends fruit from Carneros, Coombsville (and vicinity) and Howell Mountain. Roughly three-fourths goes through fermentation in barrels, with 30% to 40% new oak (all French, all 228...
DC 91

Decanter, May 2022

Prior to 2018, the Chardonnay never underwent malolactic fermentation, but winemaker Kristy Melton introduced the technique to add roundness. The result in 2020 is a lovely wine with a bright nose of citrus kissed by oak...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.2%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay is a shining example of the exceptional quality that can be found in California's North Coast region. This white wine, crafted by the esteemed producer Freemark Abbey, showcases the true essence of the Chardonnay varietal and the unique terroir of Napa.

In the glass, the wine presents a radiant golden hue that catches the light, inviting the senses to delve into its enticing aromas. The nose is greeted with a beguiling blend of crushed-stone and lemon-rind undertones, creating a steely and fresh profile. Delicate hints of praline add a touch of sweetness, enticing the olfactory senses further.

On the palate, the wine reveals its true character. Medium-bodied and linear, it exudes brightness and precision, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship that went into its production. Approximately 40% malolactic fermentation adds a layer of complexity, enhancing the overall texture and mouthfeel. The fruit for this Chardonnay is primarily sourced from the Carneros and Coombsville regions, lending it a distinct sense of place.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 94 points, recognizing the outstanding quality and value it offers. He commends its excellent balance and recommends either enjoying it now or cellaring it for further development.

Other notable reviews further attest to the wine's excellence. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 92 points, describing it as plump and slightly oily on the palate, with clean and mouthwatering flavors of ripe melon, peach, grapefruit, and green apple. Decanter also praised the wine, noting the addition of malolactic fermentation and increased percentage of new oak, resulting in a lovely wine with bright citrus notes, tropical fruit, and subtle oak spices.

The 2020 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, with its impeccable craftsmanship and compelling character, is a true gem from California's North Coast. Whether enjoyed now or savored in the years to come, this wine is sure to captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression.