Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Freemark Abbey Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

The grapes for this wine come from the Biodynamically-farmed Sycamore Vineyard in Rutherford, located about a mile south of Bosche, right up against the Mayacamas Range, this vineyard has rich, clay loam soils. The vines here produce small berries reminiscent of mountain fruit berries, with intense extracts of colour and flavour. First made in 1980, the blend is about 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot; each parcel fermented separately in stainless steel after a 5 day cold soak. The wine was aged for 27 months in French oak, 43% new. Blackberry and dark currant dominate nose with jam on toast, dark chocolate truffle, cinnamon and clove. The oak is very well integrated, adding just the right amount of spice. The wine has great depth of black fruits with a strong expression of sweet black cherry. There is a complexity in the nose that hints of tobacco and briary thicket. The 2010 vintage was awarded 94 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: 33652
  • Expression: Barrel