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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 104635)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $77.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense black currant with a spicy blueberry compote, cinnamon, aromatic cedar, black pepper and clove. Dark chocolate permeates the aroma with a hint of Moroccan olives. Good depth of flavor with dark cherry, chocolate and integrated oak spice. Full-flavored with a very long, clean and fruitful finish with modest tannins.

Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.2% Merlot, 5.8% 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.