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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Freemark Abbey Merlot 2008
Freemark Abbey Merlot 2008
(search item no. 109373)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a deep and rich ruby-garnet. With integrated spicy sweet oak, there are layers of flavor composed of black cherry, black currant, plum, mincemeat, juniper berry, mushroom, vanilla and dark chocolate, with an underlining complexity of leather and tobacco. The entry and finish are very smooth with integrated fruit resembling black cherry and a rich dark currant syrup. With an extended length of flavor that is very pleasant, this wine is very inviting... you can't stop with just one glass!

Blend: 79.3% Merlot, 8.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Petit Verdot, 3.3% Malbec, 2.6% Petite Sirah, 1.8% Cabernet Franc.

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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.