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Freemark Abbey Winery Napa Valley Rutherford Sycamore Vineyard

Vineyards

Freemark Abbey’s longtime association with the Bosché Vineyard in Rutherford is another fine example. It is, like To Kalon and Three Palms, a vineyard with a decades-long track record for producing classic Napa Valley Cabernet. Of all the fruit sources Winemaker Kristy Melton and Winemaker Emeritus Ted Edwards have access to, Bosché is the jewel in the crown. But the associations don’t end there.

Diverse Vineyard Sites

From Bosché’s alter ego Rutherford site, Sycamore Vineyard, to the high elevation Stagecoach Vineyard, a majestic Atlas Peak property in the hills east of Oakville, the range of locations and soil types reflected in Freemark Abbey wines is both huge and diverse.

Some of these wines—the Bosché and Sycamore Cabernets being go-to examples—are produced exclusively from single vineyards. Others are composed of blends of vineyards and of the Bordeaux varieties grown in them. The way these wines end up in the bottle as balanced, complex, and ageworthy, year in and year out, is a testament to the Freemark Abbey winemaking team’s skills at working with individual sites and also considering the Napa Valley terroir as a whole.

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Freemark Abbey Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Bosché Sycamore

Napa Valley Wines: the Sum of Their Parts

Each year, the winery’s “regular” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon bottling is made up of a representative blend of a half-dozen or so vineyards, including Bosché, Sycamore, and Stagecoach; but also, as with the fabulous 2016 vintage, fruit from Howell Mountain and Oakville.

A similar number and variety of vineyard sites comprised Freemark Abbey’s ’16 Napa Valley Merlot. For each of these Napa Valley wines, Ted and Kristy’s goal is to offer Freemark customers and guests an entry-level red wine, but one that also captures the flavors, aromas, and characteristics of a cross-section of vineyards.

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Freemark Abbey Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon