Freemark Abbey Bosché Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Freemark Abbey Bosché Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

First made in 1970, Bosché Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the earliest vineyard-designated wines in California and described in 1995 by Wine Spectator as ‘a Napa Valley original’, praising its ‘elegance and finesse’ and dubbing the vineyard ‘a special spot’. The Bosché Vineyard is small, at just over eight hectares, on the famed Rutherford Bench with very deep gravelly soils; this is a natural area to grow Bordeaux varietals with dry farming or minimal drip irrigation. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot; fermented in stainless steel after a 5 day cold soak, the wine is aged for 26 months in French oak barrels, 67% new. Bosché shows sweet black cherry aroma with integrated oak spice and black fruits. The complexity in the nose expresses green olive, aromatic cedar, walnut, mushroom and dark chocolate. The flavours are big, voluptuous, soft and velvety, circling about rich black fruit; the tannins are well integrated, providing a long full-bodied finish. The 2010 vintage was awarded 90 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate in 2013.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: USA
  • Region: California
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Producer: Freemark Abbey
  • Primary grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £97.35
  • Code: 33647
  • Expression: Barrel