2005 Cabernet Bosché

2005
Cabernet Bosché

Bosché Vineyard, Rutherford

2005 Cabernet Bosche

2005
Cabernet Bosché

Bosché Vineyard, Rutherford

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Dark cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, cinnamon, aromatic cedar, green olive and clove. There are hints of dark chocolate and cigar box. Good depth of flavor with black fruits, chocolate and integrated oak spice. Lively, with elegant tannins...very long, clean, fruitful finish.

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This predominantly dry-farmed vineyard consistently produces one of the most distinctive wines in Rutherford and one of Freemark Abbey’s most sought-after releases. Dark ruby in color, its wines have floral notes and full-bodied fruit flavors.

Vintage 2005
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date 9/20-10/20
Acid 0.68 g/100 mL
pH 3.55
Aging 24 + months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, predominantly Nievre
Bottling Date July 2008
Alcohol % 14.1%

This predominantly dry-farmed vineyard consistently produces one of the most distinctive wines in Rutherford and one of Freemark Abbey’s most sought-after releases. Dark ruby in color, its wines have floral notes and full-bodied fruit flavors.

Vineyard Notes

Bosché Vineyard (Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) Located west of Hwy. 29, on the famed Rutheford Bench, the Bosche vineyard has very deep gravelly soils. A seasonal creek crosses the vineyard which causes the water table to be high in the spring, providing water and nutrients for new shoot growth. As veraison approaches the water table drops, stressing the wines and intensifying the dark velvety fruit flavors.


Production Notes

“Hang time” is the buzzword for grapes from this vineyard in 2005. Sugars climbed steadily until about August 31, and then stalled for the first two weeks of September. We didn’t mind—we were looking for a slow ripening period that would give the vines plenty of time to develop the fruit component and soften the acidity. It all started in earnest on Sept. 20 and finished October 20th... a relatively compact harvest for Bosche, but our patience was nicely rewarded.

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