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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Freemark Abbey Viognier 2008
Freemark Abbey Viognier 2008
(search item no. 100035)
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has an appealing light straw color with greenish hues. In the aroma there are nuances of ripe banana, papaya, lemon-lime, mandarin, pear, honeydew melon and white peach. There is a subtle hint of angel food cake adding to the complexity of this immensely fruity and floral wine. Lively flavors of white peach compliment great balance and a wonderful richness in the mouth. A zesty finish leaves a fresh taste impression.
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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.