Freemark Abbey 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bosche Vyd., Napa Valley
Located west of Hwy. 29, on the famed Rutherford Bench, Freemark Abbey's Bosché Vineyard has very deep gravelly soils. A seasonal creek crosses the vineyard which causes the water table to be high in the spring, allowing the vineyard to be dry-farmed throughout the majority of the season providing water and nutrients for new shoot growth. As veraison approaches, the water table drops, stressing the vines and intensifying the dark velvety fruit flavors. 2004 was a superb vintage in Napa Valley, an unusually warm end of February and March led to early bud break. Temperatures were closer to normal in June and July, but steady moderate heat kept grape development on an early pace. The flavor intensity of the fruit was outstanding. 12% Merlot was blended in to the Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine aged 24 months in 65% new French oak barrels. Robert Parker re-tasted this timeless Cab a year ago and scored it 94+ saying "The 2004 Cabernet Bosche Vineyard, which sits on alluvial, gravelly soils in Rutherford and is one of Napa’s most famous vineyards, is absolutely brilliant. The blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot spent 24 months in French oak. This one is still young for a 2004. Its dense purple color, big sweet kiss of cola, vanilla, cedarwood, oodles of black currants and dark cherries, a hint of licorice and unsmoked cigar tobacco, make for a classic almost Pauillac-like style of wine. This is youthful, full-bodied, promising and should hit its peak in another 4-5 years and last at least another two decades." This wine has been resting quietly in the winery's cellars until vert recently when we were able pry away a very few cases. Don't miss it!!!