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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Medium dark ruby, this wine has aromas of sweet black cherry, blackberry and Santa Rosa plum. The oak is very well integrated with a light spice, clove, vanilla and toast. The depth in the nose has a complexity of dark chocolate and a hint of dried herbs. The entry is soft with dark fruit flavors and well resolved tannins. Velvety, floral, juicy and rich, this wine has great sex appeal.
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About Freemark Abbey:

The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey.

Josephine, a native of San Lorenzo, California and her husband, John Tychson, a Danish immigrant, moved to St. Helena in 1881. For $8,500, they purchased 147 acres north of St. Helena, which later became known as "Tychson Hill".

Shortly after her husband's untimely death, Josephine began construction of a fifty square foot redwood winery which would grow to hold a capacity of about 30,000 gallons. In addition, she hired Nils Larsen, an experienced vintner, as her foreman. Josephine successfully produced wine for the next eight years and then sold the winery to Larsen in 1894. In turn, Larsen leased the winery to Antonio Forni, a good friend of Josephine's. Forni later purchased the property in 1898. Forni is responsible for building a new winery on the old site of the Tychson structure.

In the years that followed, Freemark Abbey went through a period of several different owners until 1966, when a group of partners purchased the winery. In 1993, Winemaker Ted Edwards became a partner. Edwards assumed the role of managing partner in addition to maintaining the responsibilities he has held as winemaker since 1985.