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.