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.
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The 2010 Cabernet has a rich dark ruby-garnet color that is very enticing to the wine lover. The aromas of dark cherry, red plum and blackberry are integrated with the spicy sweetness of oak, cedar, cinnamon, clove and toast. With the subtle sweet aroma of a humidor, this wine has an abundance of... more
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Elegant, enticing and blended with a pinch of Merlot, the Cabernet Bosche is a true rarity and boldly exemplifies the remarkable potential of aging Napa Valley Cabernets. The Cabernet Bosche is a bright ruby-garnet in color and hints of black cherry, vanilla, cloves and currants beautifully mingle... more
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Briliant greenish straw in color, our Chardonnay expresses fruit aromas of green apple, pear, green banana, melon, and tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla, fresh coconut, and the nuance of angel food cake with a slight... more
Ruby colored, the Merlot expresses bright fruit with forward spicy sweet oak. There are layers of flavor composed of blackberry, dark cherry, raspberry, dark plum, milk chocolate and spices such as cinnamon and vanilla. Coupled with the bright fruit, there is a hint of arugula adding to the... more
Youthful greenish straw in color, this Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruit aromas of banana, apple, pear, coupled with tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla, fresh coconut, and the nuance of angel food cake with a slight... more
Delicate greenish straw color introduces this Sauvignon Blanc. The aroma is quite pleasant with citrus, lemon grass, and slight pineapple with subtle tropical fruits in a freshly made fruit cocktail. The flavors are nicely balanced with lemon, citrus, pineapple and white peach. With a hint of... more
The wine is a fresh greenish straw color. The aromas are lively with lemon-lime, white peach, grapefruit, peach blossom, and honeysuckle flower.
With a soft and voluptuous body and texture, this Viognier is seductively pleasant with juicy fruit and white peach flavors. The distinctive floral... more
The color is a deep, rich ruby-garnet. With forward spicy sweet oak, there are layers of flavor composed of blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, dark plum, dark chocolate and spices such as cinnamon, clove and vanilla. The entry and finish are very smooth with integrated fruit resembling black... more
Youthful greenish straw in color, our Chardonnay has refreshing fruit aromas. Lemon and lemon-lime with green apple seems to compose much of the
bright fruit, but there is a subtle complexity that conjures up memories of lemon cake, lemon meringue and key lime pie. The oak is well integrated,... more
Greenish straw in color, our Chardonnay is concentrated with ripe stone fruit aromas and flavors, with an underlying subtle toasty oak complexity. Very ripe peach with ripe banana is interlaced with vanilla, lime-aide, clove, nutmeg and pineapple upside down cake. This wine has great viscosity,... more
Delicate straw in color, with aromas of pleasant honeydew melon, lemon grass and white peach. There is a slight hint of grass and herbs with lychee nut. The flavors are nicely balanced with lemon, citrus, pineapple, white peach and a hint of minerality. Our Sauvignon Blanc has good acidity with an... more
The color is a deep, rich ruby-garnet. With forward spicy sweet oak, there are layers of flavor composed of black cherry, raspberry, dark plum, dark chocolate and spices such as cinnamon, clove and vanilla. The entry and finish are very smooth with integrated fruit resembling black cherry and Santa... more