Bonfort’s Wine of The Week: 2013 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 Points

Josephine Tychson became the first female winemaker on record in the Napa Valley

when she established what would become Freemark Abbey in 1886. We don’t know for

certain how good the wines were then, but the 2013 Cabernet would make her proud.

Pulled from five different vineyard sites, all located in Rutherford, this is a wine

combining grace, structure and finesse. Comprised mainly of Cabernet, there are

additions of 8.6% Merlot, 9.7% Petit Verdot and 2.9% Cabernet Franc. It offers lush

blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, black cherry, dusty mild tannins and acidity

supporting the fruit and back notes of cinnamon and clove. It’s austere without being

difficult to comprehend, showcasing classic Rutherford notes. If you’re curious about the

famous “Rutherford dust,” this wine will explain it to you. It holds up hours after being

opened and doesn’t relinquish its seamless structure. Aged for 28 months in 67% new

French oak, this will hold in your cellar for years to come.

Score: 95 Points

What’s Its SRP? $70/ 750ML

What Can I Pair it With? Chateaubriand; Rosemary braised lamb shanks; Grilled smoked

veal with porcini risotto.

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Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.