Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Freemark Abbey evolved from one of the first of the original Napa wineries and was founded in the mid-1880's by Josephine Tychson. I was looking for something snarky to say about barefoot and pregnant women under the oppressive and omnipresent boot of the patriarchy giving lie to historic reality but nothing particularly interesting comes to mind. So, we'll move ahead.
The Bosche Cabernet, which was started as an experimental batch in 1968 by the then one-year-old winery has become a cult classic, and a representation of what Rutherford Dust Cabernet Sauvignon is all about. Sourced from the Bosche vineyard, which was farmed by the late John Bosche, and is still family owned, it is just a fence away from its equally legendary neighbor, BV vineyard No. 1, where it was often used in the Georges de Latour Special Reserve, until Bosche offered it to Freemark Abbey. The wine has been a permanent feature of the winery since 1970. The 1972 was in the Paris competition.
Whole thing story here: Freemark Abbey Turns 40.
The 1997 was probably at its peak, bone dry and done in the traditions of Bordeaux. Mild cedar and pencil lead upfront followed with a subtle complexity on the palate that includes hints of tobacco, dark chocolate, and black currant. Each sip ended with a lingering finish that invited another.
We paired the Bosche with grilled ribeye and New York strip steaks, vine ripened yellow squash, and baked spuds loaded with all the good stuff including freshly harvested chives. Squash & chives courtesy of the gardens at Casa de las Rocas Grandes.
Although you might wish it was, the Bosche Cab isn't an everyday wine and it's priced accordingly ($50.00-$100.00 US).