Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sycamore Vyd., Ruterford, Napa Valley
A legendary Cabernet from Freemark Abbey's Rutherford property, Sycamore Vineyard is located about a mile south of the Bosche Vineyard, right up against the Mayacamas Range. The vineyard has a rich clay loam. The vines here produce small berries reminiscent of mountain fruit berries, with intense extract of flavor. The color is very dark early in the fermentation, with flavors of black currant and black berry with a forest floor complexity. Fermentation was in stainless steel with 10-28 days of skin contact. It was aged in 43% new French oak barrels for 27 months. Robert Parker scored it 94 points saying "The brilliant 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Sycamore Vineyard (another Rutherford site on Bella Oaks Lane) is a blend of 85.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged 28 months in barrel. It boasts an opaque purple color, terrific notes of licorice, creme de cassis, charcoal, forest floor, baking spices and earth, as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel with great fruit intensity and purity. This savory, mouthfilling beauty is best drunk over the next 20-25 years. Now owned by Kendall-Jackson, but with long-time winemaker Ted Edwards still firmly in control, Freemark Abbey has produced a large assortment of wines ranging from very good to exceptional."