Originally, the Sycamore connection to Freemark Abbey as a fruit source was, in its way, even closer than Bosché’s, as it was purchased and restored by the late Freemark partner, John Bryan, and his family.
The Bryans still own the property and sell the fruit to Freemark. Considering the link between the winery and the Napa Valley Cabernet the vineyard has produced for over three decades, it’s hard to imagine otherwise.
Ted Edwards inherited a winegrower’s relationship to Bosché Vineyard when he started at Freemark Abbey in 1980, while he was instrumental in the development of Sycamore Vineyard after taking over as head winemaker in 1985. So, to him, the differences between the two properties are like how a parent might look at two different children: it’s impossible to say which one he loves more.
If pressed, he describes the Cabernets made from each property as “stand-alone wines.”