Freemark Abbey "Bosche" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Napa Valley, California) - [WE 98] [WA 95] [VM 95] [JS 95]

Freemark Abbey "Bosche" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
(Napa Valley, California) - [WE 98] [WA 95] [VM 95] [JS 95]

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About the Winery:
The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey.

In the years that followed, Freemark Abbey went through a period of several different owners until 1966, when a group of partners purchased the winery. In only their second vintage, their Cabernet was selected to compete in The Judgement at Paris!

For four decades, until 2020, Ted Edwards was the winemaker, and while he is still on staff as winemaker emeritus and participates in various blending trials, day-to-day winemaking is now helmed by Kristy Melton, the winery's second woman winemaker. Since 2006, Freemark Abbey has been part of the Jackson Family Wines (JFW) portfolio.

About this Wine: 
Freemark Abbey’s bottling of Cabernet Bosché has been an established Napa Valley wine for many vintages. It was, in fact, one of the valley’s first vineyard-designated wines.

Tucked away behind a row of creek-fed trees west of Highway 29, Bosché Vineyard has, as of 2020, been connected to Freemark Abbey for 50 years. The first Cabernet Bosché came out of the 1970 harvest. Since then, it’s been what in France would be called a monopole, or a vineyard entirely under the control of a single winery.

Notes from the Winemaker:

The nose exhibits aromas of black cherry,  mocha, cassis and forest floor.  The palate is bright yet creamy and filled with notes of forest fruits, leather, baking spices and soft vanilla.  The textures are vibrant and integrated making this wine lovely now with the ability to age for decades in the cellar.

Grape Variety: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot


Aging: 59 gallon barrel
Barrels: French oak (67% new)  
Aged in Barrel: 26 months

14.8% abv

Ratings & Reviews:

98 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Blended with 7% Merlot from the famous site, along the benchlands of the Mayacamas, this is a juicy, delicious and sophisticated wine, with impressive, complementary bolts of freshness and intensity that are fully in sync. Notes of gravel, black cherry, currant and herb ride along a structured and generous palate of memorable greatness. Enjoy best from 2028–2038." – Virginia Boone (Oct 2022)

95 Points - Wine Advocate:
"Bottled separately as a single-vineyard wine since 1971, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Bosché Vineyard features a hint of mint upbfront, followed by mixed currants (red and black). There's a gentle herbal undercurrent to this blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, which lends it an extra note of complexity. Full-bodied, suave and streamlined, this is rich and velvety without being overly broad or expansive, finishing long and elegant." – Joe Czerwinski (May 2022)

95 Points - Vinous Media:
“A powerful, virile wine, the 2018 Cabernet Bosche offers up an enticing array of wild cherry, chocolate, spice, leather and grilled herbs. The Bosche is potent, savory and super-expressive, but also less charming than most 2018s. It will need a number of years to soften.” Antonio Galloni (Jan 2022)

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Lots of lead pencil, iodine and black fruit on the nose. Some dried fruit, too, following through to a full body with a rich, juicy palate with lightly toasted oak and spice at the end. This needs another four or five years to come completely together." (Mar 2022)