When John Bosché planted the 22-acre vineyard kitty-corner to two of Napa Valley’s most famous properties, Beaulieu Vineyard and Inglenook, he recognized the importance of the location.
Just as important, he felt that its gravelly soil was ideal for grapes like Cabernet and Merlot because the ground had a hard time holding water. Good drainage is essential to any grape--growing for the purpose of making wine. What Bosché might not have predicted back then was what a unique Cabernet program he and his family were embarking upon in the Rutherford Bench.
The proof is born out in Freemark Abbey’s wine library. As recent examples, Cabernet Bosché library releases from the 1999 and 2009 vintages were poured for guests, part of the Library Experience tasting. This pair of presumably mature vintages are barely showing their age, such are the concentration and power provided by the Bosché site. Each wine has years of potential cellar time ahead of it. They reflect one of the most unique relationships that exists between a Napa Valley vineyard and winery.