Freemark Abbey "Bosche" Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (Napa Valley, California) -  [JD 96] [DM 95] [JS 95] [WS 93]

Freemark Abbey "Bosche" Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
(Napa Valley, California) - [JD 96] [DM 95] [JS 95] [WS 93]

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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.

Ratings & Reviews:

96 Points - Jeb Dunnnuck:
"From a valley floor site and a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche offers a great bouquet of both red and black fruits as well as notes of herbes de Provence, loamy earth, and spicy oak. Brought up in two-thirds new French oak, it’s medium to full-bodied, has ultra-fine tannins, and beautiful overall balance. A brilliant 2019, it will evolve for 20+ years." (Feb 2023)

95 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"From Freemark Abbey's Bosché vineyard, which sits on a gravelly bench. Enticing aromas of mulberry, thyme, earth smokey minerals and cedar. Full and rich with tart cherry and ripe blackberry fruit, iron shavings and a structured dusty tannic backbone. A long finish is marked by crushed cocoa nibs and dried flowers. Very fresh with plenty of acidity for long ageing." (Jun 2022)

95 Points - James Sucklng:
"Attractive blackberries and dark cherries with ground cloves, cocoa and dried blue flowers. Full body. Firm and linear tannins with sleek texture and hints of bitter spices and dried herbs alongside the dark fruit. Solid and compact with notes of walnut at the end. Try after 2026." (May 2023)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Shows the flashy ripeness of the vintage, with a mix of plum, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors pumping through, inlaid with roasted mesquite and sweet tobacco accents. Packs a nice finishing kick of warm earth that keeps this just grounded enough. Drink now through 2035. 2,839 cases made." – JM (Oct 2023)