In 1967, seven partners purchased Freemark Abbey, located between St. Helena and Calistoga in California's Napa Valley, setting the stage for a new era of creativity. In 1976, wine expert Steven Spurrier conducted a legendary blind tasting in Paris – pitting the upstart wines of California against the establishment of France. Of the 12 American wineries chosen to compete, only Freemark Abbey had two wines represented – a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon. California wines won every category of the tasting.
Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2012
This wine has a greenish yellow hue. Refreshing lemon, lemon-lime and green apple fruit aromas with flavors predominantly citrus, floral and white peach with well integrated oak complexities. The aroma is of ripe banana, juicy fruit, lemon-lime, and floral. There is a subtle touch of oak with flavors of apples, bananas, and creamy butterscotch flavors. Good balance and viscosity. Long fruitful finish, yet crisp and clean.
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Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche 2010
In 1970, on a handshake deal with John Bosché, Freemark Abbey began crafting a few hundred cases of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bosché Vineyard, located in the heart of the Rutherford Bench. The color of this wine is very dark ruby. The aroma has layers of depth, hinting of dark cherry, black currant, blackberry and cassis. These forward fruit components in the aroma are further complexed with a hint of juniper berry and mincemeat pie. The bouquet is reminiscent of dark chocolate, cedar, cinnamon, and clove. With flavor that is a quite pleasant dark cherry dominance, the finish is very long and complimented by mature, smooth tannins.
This is one of Freemark Abbey most sought-after releases.
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California soils are as diverse as
their growing regions. Sand, clay, loam, granite, volcanic ash, seabed soil, river-run gravel: each contributes its own distinct minerality. And
California winemakers are no less varied: since the 1700s, immigrants from all over the world have settled in California, bringing their vines and their skills with them.